Schools strive to make holiday parties inclusive


Dressing the part: Weston Elementary student Courtney Vaughn, 7, watches the movie "The Polar Express" during lunch period on Wednesday. Students were encouraged to participate in themed dress-up days all week. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Sitting at her lunch table at Weston Elementary School on a recent afternoon, Courtney Vaughn declared she is pretty sure God invented Christmas.

“So everybody could have toys,” said Courtney, 7. “Because if people don’t have toys, then, they can get toys.”

A quick survey of youngsters in the same cafeteria showed a wide range of thoughts on the holiday season. Many pointed to a time for sharing with others and spending time with family. But just as many had stories about the birth of a savior.

In an effort to not exclude a student who might be of another faith, today’s educators focus celebrations on the magic of the holidays, while delicately working around discussions involving a specific religious connection to the season.

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