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District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven said he thinks the heart of the matter is that parents want to have opportunities to be involved with their children’s school.
An online petition trying to bring back the parties to district schools was formed last year and collected hundreds of signatures.
Lisa Wogen, a mother of four, was one of the hundreds who signed the petition and said the removal of holiday parties was one of the reasons she decided to home-school her children.
“I enjoyed spending time in the classroom with my kids, and it was the one thing that parents can actually do with their kids in the classroom,” Wogen said.
Wogen said her son was in kindergarten the first year the change took place.
“He kept asking me why he couldn’t wear a Halloween costume, because he remembered me helping out at the parties before, but he couldn’t have it,” she said.
However, not all parents in the district feel the same way about the parties.
Samantha McDavid said during Tuesday’s board meeting that she stood in solidarity with the elementary school administration who supports celebrations not tied to specific holidays.
“I think it’s the most inclusive way to provide social settings based in an educational environment,” McDavid said.