Some Minnesota Schools Redefine ‘Holiday’ Celebrations
ST. PAUL (AP) - Students at a St. Paul elementary school won't be exchanging valentines this year, or celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other holiday.
Bruce Vento Elementary is joining other public schools that have opted out of holiday celebrations as they strive to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive. The elementary school has a predominantly nonwhite student population.
The decision by Principal Scott Masini has drawn criticism and support. Masini says celebrating some holidays and not others is not inclusive of all of the students.
Other schools have made similar moves. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and Wayzata public schools have shifted from holiday parties to seasonal celebrations. Yet, other schools are leaving it up to the discretion of the teachers.