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UPDATE: R.I. School cancels Honors Night because of its 'exclusive nature'

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UPDATE (Original story is below): According to the East Greenwich Patch, the school, after receiving a wave of mostly-negative feedback, has reversed their decision and will again hold Honors Night.

In a message sent out to parents and students, the school said, "We have decided to honor excellence as we had planned."

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EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (Derek Drake) -- Parents of students at one Rhode Island school will no longer be able to watch their children honored for their hard work and excellence.

The principal & assistant principal for Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, R.I. started a fury among parents and students when they sent a message out announcing "Honors Night" would be canceled.

The message read:

Dear Cole Families,
We would like to take this opportunity to notify you of a change to our annual spring events at Cole. Honors Night has been a longstanding tradition in our community -- one that was created in the Cole Junior High School era. Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night. Therefore, we have made the collective decision to recognize students during team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation. This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence.

Additionally, our Cole varsity athletes will receive their medals and trophies at an after school ceremony.

Best wishes for a nice weekend.

Kindest regards,

Alexis Meyer and Dan Seger

WLNE spoke to Cole Middle School student, Kaitlyn Kosloski and her father Joe. Kaitlyn did not make it into last years Honor Night and said it made her work harder. "That's why I strived to do better this year," Kaitlyn told WLNE-TV. "I knew a lot of my friends who had gone and they said it was extremely exciting that they had earned this award."

"How else are they supposed to learn coping skills, not just based on success, but relative failure," Joe said. "It might not even be failure, but understanding what it takes to achieve high levels."

Honors Night for many of the students was an incentive to work harder. Kaitlyn echoed that sentiment when she told WLNE-TV, "[Honors Night] made me wanna work harder and a lot of other people wanna work harder, so just the fact you can't work towards it anymore... Then there is no goal."

What do you think about the school's decision to cancel this "overly exclusive" event honoring student's achievements? Let us know on our Facebook page!


Source: WLNE-TV

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