100th Day celebration not meant to cause offense
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the recent dismay expressed concerning the 100th Day of School celebration article and pictures. The “100th day” focuses on math-oriented activities and all things dealing with the number 100. Children arrive at school dressed as centenarians in vintage or grown-up clothing. It is not, and never has been, the intention of staff, parents and guardians (some of whom are grandparents) to offend the elders in our community. Children love opportunities to dress up and use their imaginations. They also love their parents, grandparents, great grandparents and the older folks around them as relayed in their many stories of the loved ones they treasure.
The school communities have shown, through their actions in the three towns, that they cherish their seniors. We can be sure that the parents/guardians who sent their children to school that day meant no harm – nor did I by taking pictures and providing Sippican Week with the story and photos. This conversation gives me confidence that you will see a more balanced, respectful and joyful interpretation in the future.
Erin O. Bednarczyk