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Wyandotte Public Schools Cancels Classes for First Time on MLK Day

What do you think about the district celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day off Monday?

For the first time, Wyandotte Public Schools closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

School Superintendent Carla Harting said the district has longed celebrated the day with classroom projects, but this is the first year that the district canceled classes.

"We have always considered doing it, but it had to be worked out in our contracts," she said. "We felt it was an important holiday to celebrate with our students. Many parents do things to celebrate the day, so we wanted to give them a chance to spend it with their children."

Harting said it's unknown if classes will continue to be canceled in years to come as the current employee contracts are on a year-by-year basis.

"We would like to continue honoring the day in the same way," she said. "We will look at continuing it in our next contract."

Some people took to the Wyandotte Patch Facebook page to talk about the issue.

Kathy Slack, a six-year Wyandotte resident, said she's fine with canceling classes, but wonders if it's the right thing to do.

"Personally, it really does not bother me either way," she wrote. "School is important and I would think a man with the integrity of Dr. King would probably want children in school."

What do you think? Did the district make the right move by canceling classes? Tell us in the comments below. And students, how did you celebrate the day off?

Tom Skyler January 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Having them in schools gives them the opportunity to learn more about MLK, it was a missed opportunity this year. All the kids remember now is we get a day off.
Just Sayin! January 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I agree, I think it would of been a better opportunity to have the children in school learning about MLK rather than at home, Im sure not all parents that work full time had Monday off in honor of MLK , and created a hardship finding daycare or having to take the day off to watch the kids..I think the schools give kids more days off today than I can remember when I was in school in the late 70's and early 80's..
Emalie Shifflett January 23, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I agree. Other school districts take the opportunity to do an assembly and teach the children more about MLK.
Olivia Jones January 23, 2013 at 07:58 PM
This is not the first time they have done this. My senior year. January 2001we had no school on MLK day and had school on President' s day. I remember because it had never happen before. But all kids are going to remember no school no matter what day they have off. :-)
blueye April 16, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I totally agree with you, I didn't have it off and yes they have more days off today than back then!!!

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