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Families spend snow day sledding

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By: Melissa Randall

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Half a foot of fresh powder fell at Roger Williams Park in Providence Wednesday. The hills packed with kids braving the bitter cold for a fun filled day.

"My fingers are freezing," said Abigail Ricci of Warwick.

The kids hit the popular sledding spot early as there was no school. All public schools in Rhode Island canceled ahead of the storm.

"I was happy because I get to play outside," said Tyejay Maloney.

It's the second snow day in just a few weeks in many districts each storm slowly melting away the chances of students finishing up the year on time. Each school has to go 180 days or make them up in June. Tacking on days typically happens after 5 are missed. Parents say this one was warranted.

"Yeah the roads were pretty horrible. Keep the kids safe– off the roads," said Chris Ricci of Warwick.

There's always a concern that canceling class with put the kids behind. A new study out of Harvard says snow days don't interrupt learning, and that having class during a storm is actually more detrimental because many parents will keep kids home any ways. Ricci says assignments were sent home ahead of the snow day.

"Got and email last night with study material so that's what she'll be doing after lunch," said Ricci.

But for now homework is the last thing on these kids' minds. They already have the entire day planned out- jam packed with sledding, snowball fights and snowman building. School is back in session Thursday.

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