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No More Exchanging Valentines At One Minnesota School

Bruce Vento Elementary School's principal sent a letter home to parents saying the school would no longer observe four holidays.
Posted at 2:01 PM, Feb 02, 2016

One Minnesota school isn't allowing its students to exchange Valentine's Day cards and candy with their classmates this year. 

On its website, Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul proudly notes 63 percent of its student population identify as Asian-American, 24 percent are African-American, 10 percent identify as Hispanic-American and 4 percent are Caucasian. (Video via Saint Paul Public Schools)

That's why Principal Scott Masini sent a letter to parents at the end of January saying the school would no longer be celebrating Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Halloween. 

"In the letter, Masini says the intent is to create a school climate that is that is welcoming and respectful of all cultures," a WCCO reporter said

In fact, a St. Paul School Board policy on holiday observances says schools should really only celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day. 

Other Minnesota schools aren't necessarily following in Bruce Vento's footsteps, though. 

The Star Tribune reported teachers at Wellstone Elementary School in St. Paul are allowed to celebrate Valentine's Day in their classrooms at their own discretion, and in the nearby Wayzata school district, Valentine's Day is the one exception to the no-holiday policy.

So unfortunately, no bringing in cartoon Valentine's Day cards to Bruce Vento Elementary this year. But, they could always follow Massachusetts' Salemwood School and celebrate "Friendship Day" instead

This video includes an image by Sheri Wetherell / CC BY 2.0