Geneseo school district reverses deci...

Geneseo school district reverses decision to cancel Christmas

There are 81 comments on the WQAD story from Oct 4, 2010, titled Geneseo school district reverses decision to cancel Christmas. In it, WQAD reports that:

A decision by the Geneseo school district to not cancel this year's Christmas parties has some Millikin Elementary moms feeling some early holiday cheer.

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Brad

Theodore, AL

#1 Oct 4, 2010
This is simply a matter of rights. What gives those opposed to Halloween and Christmas the right to take away my children's rights to participate and enjoy the hollidays. Its not as if I am making them celebrate in the holidays if they choose not to. By celebrating Halloween and Christmas we all get to keep our rights, mine to allow my children to participate and those who oppose keep the right to not participate.
bal317

Clinton, IA

#2 Oct 4, 2010
Our teens are already saying, there is little to do for fun. So to me this is not fair to young kids by taking away what social time they would have for safe fun. And it would be educational, as it shows them how to enjoy their peers in a fun safe way. And just being a young person as they have to grow up way too fast.
So Halloween did provide that as Valentine Day when they learn to respect each other by giving cards with kind words.
Christmas, is another recognize holiday that even if your family doesn't worship, young people would continue to learn respect for others. As well as teachers using other religions and holidays too.
I feel many adults just don't want to put the extra work into doing extra for the kids and in not doing to me shows laziness.
Geneseo Mom of 3

Geneseo, IL

#3 Oct 4, 2010
Just for clarification, it is my understanding that Millikin Elementary traditionally has had a Halloween party and parade with costumes, while Southwest has had a fall party in lieu of a Halloween party (dates depend on grade and teacher but fall in October or November). I don't know what Northside Elemetary normally does. There has been some shifting of principals between Millikin and Southwest the past couple of years, so that may have contributed to the district's desire to "consolidate" policies. I believe one of the principals prefers a fall party to Halloween 1) because of the cost of costumes and 2) some costumes have items that are banned in schools such as plastic knives. With a fall party, the issue is avoided. The classroom parties are not funded by the school and are hosted by the PTA and parental volunteers. They are generally just one hour long. All supplies are provided by parents. Maybe one reason why the district looked at cancelling parties is because of a lack of parents volunteering to man the parties. In the many years my kids were at Southwest Elementary, we never had problems finding enough volunteers to man parties until the past couple of years, but I think it was due to kids being older and more moms going back to work full time. These parties obviously are not the focus of children's education in Geneseo, but just some of the traditions that make elementary school special. We already have to call Christmas-time choral concerts "Winter," but I appreciate that the music is usually traditional Christmas music! Does anyone know if the district looked at getting rid of Valentine's Day parties also?
Geneseomom

Geneseo, IL

#4 Oct 4, 2010
I didn't mind that the holiday parties were changed to seasonal parties for the sake of all children being able to attend school on these days and participate in parties that don't interfere with their religion. I think the mothers who went to the news were being selfish, and this is coming from a mother who does celebrate these holidays. But I was proud that such a small community would recognize and respect the small majority of students who don't celebrate holidays. They were willing to have parties to accomodate everyone so that everyone can attend, until some people who only want their voice to be heard went to the news.

Since: Oct 10

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#5 Oct 4, 2010
I am one that was on the news and I can tell you, that without a doubt, it was not about me and if you got that impression than I apologize! I very much respect and admire everyone in every walk of their life, whether Christian or not. I think anyone can be heard, but I can tell you that I did not do any of this for myself nor with my own strength...that came from God. Again, I apologize if you have gotten a wrong impression from this, but I am not sorry for standing up for God. I have been nothing but respectful to every person going through this, but it IS important enough. That is why I don't care to use my name, I have nothing, but respect for everyone!!!!! I think that's really important, but unfortunately many have forgotten that part going through this.
Mom in Geneseo

Cambridge, IL

#6 Oct 4, 2010
Geneseomom wrote:
I didn't mind that the holiday parties were changed to seasonal parties for the sake of all children being able to attend school on these days and participate in parties that don't interfere with their religion. I think the mothers who went to the news were being selfish, and this is coming from a mother who does celebrate these holidays. But I was proud that such a small community would recognize and respect the small majority of students who don't celebrate holidays. They were willing to have parties to accomodate everyone so that everyone can attend, until some people who only want their voice to be heard went to the news.
It was my understanding that these students would still not participate no metter what the party was called.
I am pleased that these women were willing to stand up for what they believe in. It is a great lesson to their children ti fight for what they and so many of us believe in!
Mom in Geneseo

Cambridge, IL

#7 Oct 4, 2010
Also, WQAD said they tried to find someone from the opposing side and no one would come forward. Wonder why?
Geneseomom

Geneseo, IL

#8 Oct 4, 2010
Kisha S wrote:
I am one that was on the news and I can tell you, that without a doubt, it was not about me and if you got that impression than I apologize! I very much respect and admire everyone in every walk of their life, whether Christian or not. I think anyone can be heard, but I can tell you that I did not do any of this for myself nor with my own strength...that came from God. Again, I apologize if you have gotten a wrong impression from this, but I am not sorry for standing up for God. I have been nothing but respectful to every person going through this, but it IS important enough. That is why I don't care to use my name, I have nothing, but respect for everyone!!!!! I think that's really important, but unfortunately many have forgotten that part going through this.
You don't need to apologize to me, because I understand that there are going to be different opinions. But this was a school decision and I don't see any of the minority telling the schools and news to support or not support holidays. I don't think God would care if there isn't a Halloween or Christmas party at school. I think He would care more that we care about other things than parties. I respect the decision either way, and it just really upset me that it was taken as far as it has gone. I've always felt that religion and public school shouldn't mix, since there is many religions in our culture(not talking about just Geneseo). And it really doesn't as these parties are really not that religious, they are just claimed to be, so whats the big deal on changing the name for the sake of everyone? I don't mean disrepect by these postings, just to ask that everyone have respect for all.
Mom from Geneseo

Cambridge, IL

#9 Oct 4, 2010
Everyone will have differing opinions, but calling these moms selfish is not showing respect. They stood up for what they believe in, just as you are doing right now. This whole situation has gotten out of hand, we can have differing opinions and still get along.
As for all the others whining about why bigger issues, such as state budget and large size classes, aren't being addressed, then why can't you call the news and be heard? Don't sit there and say "someone needs to do something". Why not be the someone?
Tim

Davenport, IA

#10 Oct 4, 2010
Nothing wrong with breaking away from the monotony of the classroom with a little holiday cheer around you you while you're studying. I was a student at one time, you can get burned out. As we approached different holidays, it felt nice and more relaxed to participate. Wearing a costume to school at Halloween, hanging something on the Christmas tree, passing out cards and candy on Valentine's Day, etc. You had something to look forward too. No one complained, no political correctness to stifle the moment. It just felt good. Kudos to the district on this reversal.
Jeremy

Orion, IL

#11 Oct 5, 2010
when are you people going to accept the fact that god doesnt exist and is only a figment of your imagination to create a sence of security?

Stop causing drama. its the schools choice and if you dont like it then move to another district. dont be drama queens and cause problems with the news agencies. We have better things to do than hear about a few moms crying about their kids not getting an hour long party.

If it matters that much to you then hold a party at your house for your kids and their friends.
Bill Stickel

Milton, FL

#12 Oct 5, 2010
Good For Geneseo parents, majority wins is the democratic way....Lets not forget why we have choices, if you don't agree don't attend. You can't participate that hour of the day, sit in the library like when I went to school and some of my classmates could not attend for reasons of there family practice. No one is forcing attendance to a party, no one is forcing a student to believe in any faith. Have fun with your classmates for it will be gone sooner than one thinks.
Estella

United States

#13 Oct 5, 2010
Kisha S wrote:
I am one that was on the news and I can tell you, that without a doubt, it was not about me and if you got that impression than I apologize! I very much respect and admire everyone in every walk of their life, whether Christian or not. I think anyone can be heard, but I can tell you that I did not do any of this for myself nor with my own strength...that came from God. Again, I apologize if you have gotten a wrong impression from this, but I am not sorry for standing up for God. I have been nothing but respectful to every person going through this, but it IS important enough. That is why I don't care to use my name, I have nothing, but respect for everyone!!!!! I think that's really important, but unfortunately many have forgotten that part going through this.
I am not a citizen of Geneseo but you have expressed my thoughts on the subject very well. Thank you for standing up for what is right!! I am also very thankful that they listened to those who were concerned.
RUTH ANN HINKLE HERMANN

Jackson, MO

#14 Oct 5, 2010
My grandchildren go to that school and they and their parents love the school and town. All I have to say for parents that want Halloween and Christmas parties removed from the school, then on that day keep your children home. Why spoil it for the children and parents that want these parties. What is happening to the America way?
Hometown

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Oct 5, 2010
I currently work in a school that does not have celebrations for Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine's Day, and it has a wonderful benefit for the students. These are all celebrations that bank on kids being able to afford treats, presents, candy, etc. for the class. Granted, I work in an urban area that has lower income, but the same idea applies. If you want to have fun breaks, factor that into your instruction and don't rely on parties for that fun.
Geneseo mom

Dallas, TX

#16 Oct 5, 2010
America has traditions and religions just as so many other countries do. Why should our traditions be changed to pacify the minority of people that "choose" not to participate when the majority of people do, whether it be for religious or secular reasons. It is a fun time for kids away from the academic curriculum and has been tradition in America for so many years. Why take that away now?
donnasquaw

Rockford, IL

#17 Oct 5, 2010
It's always been the tradition to celebrate the holidays in schools. I'm happy to hear Christmas is still on. The kids like to celebrate this holiday, they way they have always done. For the parents who said no to Halloween because some kids can't afford a costume. What happen to imagination? Dress up when an old flanned shirt of dad's or an old dress, an skirt from mom. Dollar Tree for cheap make-up for the face or a blacken cork. This is so sad that parents have to disrespect each other over this. What about the kids. Did they have any voice in this decision on what they wanted? Let the kids have fun, it's safe fun.
No Clue in Geneseo

Davenport, IA

#18 Oct 5, 2010
One parent had a slight clue, the changes in the parties has everything to do with the Principal changes in the elementary schools. You have a bully in your district and she hides under the cloak of an "administrator". This bully wants things done her way and if you cross her you will pay the price. Your students in your district are not getting the "quality education" that your Superintendent writes about because he can not even stand up to her. He lets quality teachers go, even with documented wonderful reviews of their performance, because they don't want to cross her. She will get the names of all the parties changed. You have won this battle but you will lose the war. That is how your district REALLY works.
Local resident

Annawan, IL

#19 Oct 5, 2010
How lucky we are in Geneseo that holiday parties are all we have to squabble about. Forget the fact that a number of our neighboring school districts are dealing with massive money problems, drastic staff reductions or the elimination of programs, we're concerned with parties. I bet a number of school districts in Illinois only WISH this was their biggest concern.
Mark

Bettendorf, IA

#20 Oct 5, 2010
I think that these parties are the least of the worries our districts face. They seemed to be harmless to each of us as we grew up.

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