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Madison City Superintendent: “Easter” Events Acceptable in School System

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - In a report WHNT News 19 first brought to you last Tuesday, we told you about the principal at Heritage Elementary School in Madison's decision to hold an “academic egg hunt” instead of saying the word "Easter."

In fact, the school’s principal, Lydia Davenport, informed the staff no activities related to or centered around any religious holiday would be allowed in the interest, she says, of religious diversity among students.

Today, Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler reached out to WHNT News 19 and parents saying "After a conversation, it was decided the hunt was not in violation of any policies or procedures, and that it could proceed as planned."

Fowler also says similar seasonal activities will continue in the school system going forward. This includes Easter egg hunts and exchanging Christmas gifts.

He believes keeping traditions like the Easter egg hunt don't violate anyone's religious rights or school policy. He says, "There is no policy or procedure with Madison City Schools that would not allow the use of the term Easter or not allow the use of the term Christmas."

Fowler says they will be sensitive to people with different ideas, but not to the point where it interferes with traditions.