Most western New England schoolchildren celebrate when their school closes due to winter weather, but snows days need to be made up at the end of each school year.
To avoid making up school days well in to June, Gateway Regional School District Superintendent David Hopson introduced “blizzard bags” last school year. Blizzard bags are stocked with lesson plans and other classroom work that students can do from home on snow days. This past winter, the Westfield School District started using the blizzard bag program. But, as Carolee McGrath found out, the district had to get creative when it came to producing bags for vocational school students.