Blossomwood Elementary student celebrates 2nd Leap Year Birthday

Published: Feb. 29, 2016 at 8:23 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 28, 2016 at 7:23 PM CDT
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Blossomwood Elementary student celebrates his 2nd birthday. (Source: WAFF)
Blossomwood Elementary student celebrates his 2nd birthday. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Leap Day comes around every four years and for a child born in a Leap Year, that means only having a real birthday once every four years.

Eight-year-old Luke Perry usually celebrates on February 28, but this year he got to have his cake and eat it too. And since it was on a school day, his class at Blossomwood Elementary School got to join in on the fun.

They all got a good laugh when he told them he was technically only two-years-old.

His friends were excited to celebrate with him and having a party on a Monday was a bonus.

He said his parents woke him up by saying, "Happy second birthday Luke!"

Perry's teacher Mrs. Bridgett Gladwin loved being a part of his special day and giving all the kids a reason to celebrate on this year's extra day.

""He was just very excited to come into the classroom," Gladwin said. "He immediately ran up to me and said 'Mrs. Gladwin I'm turning two today!' And I had to stop and thinking about it being a Leap Year to really understand his joke."

According to history.com, it takes Earth 365 point 242 days to orbit the sun. When a leap year is added every four years, the calendar is still off by a few minutes, so to fix that, only centuries divisible by 400 are leap years, so 1700, 1800, and 1900 were actually not leap years.

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