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Small Wash. school closes because of nice weather

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SEATTLE — In sun-deprived Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.

Friday was a ‘‘sun day’’ of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small private school in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle.

‘‘SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!’’ the school’s website announced Thursday night. ‘‘Yeah! It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school.’’

Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week.

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