On Tuesday October 1, Mendon resident, Mike Watson, asks the community to sign a petition requesting teachers at Miscoe Hill School be allowed to sing patriotic songs with their students. The petition also requested to bring back the Christmas/holiday concert at Clough School in Mendon.
In response to the petition the district’s superintendent, Dr. Maruszczak, advised the community, “This is completely untrue.” Dr. Maruszczak clarified “To the contrary, the MURSD prides itself on the fine programming, with the Memorial Day concerts at each of the elementary schools and the Miscoe/Clough Flag Day celebration in June as key examples. Each of these events honor and celebrate our local veterans, and most importantly, teach our children about the values of sacrifice, commitment, and patriotism. We will continue these practices while also striving to improve our civic education curriculum.”
To date 145 people have signed the petition. The petition made it’s way through social media collecting signatures from other states and towns.
After Dr. Maruszczak’s response to the petition a few parents stated on social media they wished they had not signed, wondering why they were misled.
Mike Watson stands firm behind the petition stating in part, ”It was indeed a fact that these songs were stopped at Miscoe. It is thanks to a disappointed child, a brave teacher and those of you who stood up and said not in our schools that the songs have returned!” Mike Watson stated on his facebook page yesterday he was happy to report, “The Miscoe Hill teacher who was directed to stop signing patriotic songs with her students is again signing these wonderful songs with her class.”
On Monday in response to the petition Dr. Maruszczak wrote on facebook, “This is complete fiction.”
Approximately 2575 students attend school in the Mendon Upton district.