Some students spend Saturday in school

Posted February 6, 2010 5:34 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2010 12:21 p.m. EST

— A storm system on Saturday brought snow flurries to parts of central North Carolina. However, the wintry weather didn't cancel snow make-up days for students in Wake and Johnston counties.

“What I'm missing is my sleep time,” Durant Middle School sixth-grader Anurupa Banerjee said.

Students at Durant Middle School, at 10401 Durant Road in Raleigh, got up early Saturday and came to school. The year-round calendar school has scheduled three make snow up days: this Saturday, May 1 and May 8.

Durant Middle School sixth-grader Tatianna McDonald said she didn't really mind going back to school after days of canceled classes due to last weekend's snow storm.

“I had fun in the snow, but I was ready to go back to school,” Tatianna said.

Some students said having a shorter weekend wasn't all that bad.

“Sometimes we get a little more fun stuff to do, unlike a regular day (when) we just work, work, work,” Anurupa said.

Students in Anurupa's class got to dress up as a famous person on Saturday as part of a research project. The assignment was designed to make coming to class on the weekend more fun.

“So we made it more motivational and did interactive things, so it's not just stand up and lecture,” Social Studies teacher Kay Holland said.

About 80 percent of Durant's students showed up for the Saturday makeup day.

Students in Johnston County also attended a shortened 5-hour day on Saturday. The shorter day is allowed as long as the school meets 1,000 hours or 180 days of classes for the year.

ACT testing at East Chapel Hill High School was postponed Saturday due to the light snow. The testing hasn't yet been rescheduled. (See all closings and delays.)