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Washington County parent upset over lack of Veterans Day lessons

November 21, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Charles Dunn of Big Pool said he was bothered by the lack of Veterans Day lessons and celebrations in Washington County Public Schools.

Dunn, a parent with children in the school system, told Board of Education members during a meeting this week that he called 21 elementary schools and received calls back from 16. Of those, three had assemblies or a schoolwide function on Veterans Day, which was Nov. 11.

Dunn said he called his children's school the day before and asked what they had planned on Veterans Day. Hearing it was not much, Dunn took his children to Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway for the ceremony there.

Dunn also attended a ceremony at Clear Spring High School later that day, which he said was "very nice."

Because his boys were late to school after the park ceremony, they received unexcused tardies, Dunn said.

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"Which was my fault," he said.

When his children returned home from school, one of his sons said he had learned nothing about Veterans Day at school that day.

"What I had thought was very disturbing to me ... that I would send my 4-year-old to school on Veterans Day, and then say he didn't learn anything about Veterans Day," Dunn told the School Board Tuesday.

Dunn said that principals he spoke to while calling schools mostly responded that it was up to individual teachers how to incorporate Veterans Day into lessons.

"I would be very interested in seeing what the curriculum is for patriotism in Washington County," Dunn said.

After he spoke, Board President Roxanne R. Ober said that school system staff could address his opinions and concerns.

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