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Man Bites Dog?

Man Bites Dog?

Ever see a headline like “Man Bites Dog”? How about “School Closes for Nice Weather”? This story caught my attention. When you think of the Pacific Northwest, one conjures up lush green lawns, beautiful mountains and gray skies. Last Friday, administrators in the Bellingham Christian School decided enough is enough. Bellingham is located 90 miles north of Seattle. Roughly speaking they average 150 days of rain a year dropping 35+ inches. One can expect it to be partly cloudy 92 days a year and cloudy another 226 days.

Last Friday, there was a decree “SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER!!” That’s right, the sun was out in all its glory and Principal Sampson decided the students should get out and enjoy the weather. For those of us in the Northeast who monitor school cancellations for snow have to chuckle about the concept of closing school for good weather. Then again, we do that for three months each summer.

Good call, Mr. Sampson!

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