Fredbird cheers up kids thinking of snow days

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – If my backyard bird feeder is any indicator, it's been a rough winter for everyone. But a sure sign that spring is on the way could be found today in Villa Ridge, Missouri.

"We've actually had 10 snow days in December and January totals so quite a few," says Principal Cheryl Jackson.

While some schools were closed again today, Coleman elementary was definitely open for a visit from a familiar big red bird named Fredbird. There were laughs and cheers and no thoughts of snow days.

"I wouldn't want anymore," says Eily Caldwell.
"You've had enough?" asks Patrick Clark.
"I've had enough,"says Caldwell.

The Kindergarten through fifth grade took part in the Cardinals stay in school program, even if others were closed due to the weather.

"More snow days?" asks Patrick Clark.
"Some more,"says Benjamin & Christian Hampton both nodding yes emphatically.
"I'm more confident if Fredbird doesn't see his shadow that I am the groundhog and he didn't see it so I don't think we're going to have much more bad weather," says Cardinal Broadcaster Mike Claiborne.

While Punxatawney Phil is predicting six more weeks of winter, we'll go with what this clairvoyant Cardinal is saying, spring is around the corner.

"I can't imagine the children would know the players as well as they know Fredbird," says Jackson.
"Everybody knows Fredbird," says Clark. "He's an all-star?"
"Oh absolutely," says Jackson.

Hopefully this bird is the word when we're talking about warmer days to come.

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