Snow days push holiday break into third week

11:17 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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WAYLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- 13 days out of school: For some parents, it's been a joy having the kids at home that long. Others hope to never play hide-and-seek ever again, and if they do have to play it, they may never come out of hiding.

For most West Michigan school districts, Christmas break was supposed to end last week, but thanks to the cold weather, the b reak has been extended into its third week, leaving some parents with the responsibility of coming up with new and creative things to keep the kids from getting bored.

The Shafer family from Wayland is doing just that.

Christine and Doug Shafer have three kids: 7-year old Zadok, 5-year old Zephan and 3-year old Zoe.

Like many other families from the WZZM viewing area, the Shafers have entered a third straight week of the kids being home, thanks to this most recent bitterly cold weather which has closed Wayland area schools.

The kids have run out of things to do on break, and since it's too cold to go outside and play, they've found a new and creative way to pass the time until school re-opens.


"I enjoy it," said Zadok Shafer, who is a second grader at Steeby Elementary in Wayland. "It kind of feels like you're sick since we have the cold weather; we can't go outside and play because it's so cold, so it feels like a sick day because you can't go outside when you're sick and you can't go outside when it's really cold.

For those who enjoy the snow days, and school being closed, there are some time-honored traditions that have been practiced for many years that are used to hopefully make it snow.

1. Put a wooden spoon under your pillow.

2. Wear your pajamas backwards.

3. Flush ice cubes down the toilet.

4. Sing "Frosty the Snowman" while standing upside down.

5. Place a white crayon in your freezer.

The verdict is still out as to whether these old tricks actually work, but if you're a kid wanting to extend your holiday break, it certainly can't hurt to try, right?

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