Michigan news: school cancels Halloween party

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A letter from East Lansing Public Schools was sent out Wednesday morning, saying elementary schools would no longer celebrate Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

The Elementary Core Team cited families who did not celebrate Halloween and the children’s enthusiasm for the spooky holidays, making learning difficult.

As for Valentine’s Day, administrators said some families and students are uncomfortable with students celebrating “love.”

Brittany Bruens says she knows it’s been a tough year for the kids, but she also understands where the neighborhood is coming from.

“I know it seems like we’re taking just one more thing away from them, but I think it’s important that everything we do in schools is inclusive,” she said.

Tali Faris-Hylen is the president of the Marble School Community Council.

She says school officials did not tell the board about the changes in advance.

“I got the email with everyone yesterday afternoon and my first thought was that I am so proud to be a part of this neighborhood.”

Hayes Middle School, which is part of Grand Ledge Public Schools, also said it will not have Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day parties.

Instead, replace them with classes and cultural activities throughout the year.

East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg took to Facebook to comment on the situation. Gregg assured residents that no Halloween festivities across town would be canceled.

Despite the disappointment, the administrative team assured families that it would continue to offer “alternative days” throughout the school year.

A copy of the letter is available below: