BINGHAMPTON – Global warming is an increasingly hot topic, and now a new group is voicing their concerns. Children are speaking out about how their lives could be adversely affected if the snows continue to melt. “Snow days are my favorite,” said Allie Williams, age 8. “They’re the best part of winter, aside from Christmas.”
10-year-old David Salas explained how he looks forward to snow days most of all. “Those school closing announcements keep me on the edge of my seat,” he said. “It’s when the weather forecast becomes as exciting as the World Series.”
Parents are not so in favor of snow days.“I still need to go to work,” said Sonja Lorens, a registered nurse. “Who can I find to babysit my seven year old son during a blizzard, Frosty the Snowman?”
“Yes,” her son replied. “Frosty is great with kids. Haven’t you seen the cartoon?”
Last March a renegade group of fifth-graders took the snow into their own hands. One night they hijacked someone’s father’s snow-making machine, and covered the Woodrow Wilson Elementary school’s front door with a wall of snow. There wasn’t nearly enough snow to cause a school closing, but the school’s principal expressed serious concern.
“What if more of these troublemakers get a hold of snow-making machines,” he said. “They could wreak havoc, and shut down the whole town!” The incident provoked the school board to consider an alternative to snow days. When there’s a lack of snow, they could declare a Rain Day instead.