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Friendship parties replace Valentine's parties at schools

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Friendship parties replace Valentine's parties at schools

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Friendship parties replace Valentine's parties
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By Pat McGonigle

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - If you recall buying individual Valentine's Day cards for all 25 students in your grade schoolclassroom, you are not alone. But you might be surprised to discover that the traditional elementary school Valentine's Day classroom party is not what it used to be.

Early education experts say it's an improvement---and, before your get your hackles up, insist there is no "war on Valentine's Day" at America's schools.

"Oh, heavens no," says Dr. Donna Wagener, principal at Trautwein Elementary in the Mehlville School District.

Trautwein Elementary is one of 24 schools across the country designated as a National School of Character. It's an honor reserved only for schools that excel in incorporating "character education in everything they do."

A "Friendship Party" at a first grade classroom at Trautwein Elementary looks and sounds a lot like the way you probably remember Valentine's Day parties.

Friendship parties aren't unique to Trautwein Elementary. Several other districts, including the Parkway School District, focus on friendship on February 14.

"It's just like any other holiday party," sats Patrick Sloan, a 6-year-old at Trautwein. "Except we talk about ways to be a good friend."

"We just make sure we're being Tigers of Integrity," says fellow first grader Madison Pike.

"We still make Valentines and stuff," says Patrick Sloan.

Chris Eddy, another first grader at Trautwein, likes friendship parties because, "we talk a lot about caring and sharing."

"We haven't eliminated Valentine's Day," says Dr. Wagener. "We've just tried to reinforce that this is a day that we recognize each other asfriends and we treat each other as friends."

So we can still buy a 25-pack of "Be Mine" Valentine Cards and make a Valentine mailbox out of shoe box?

"Of course," smiles Dr. Wagener.

Phew.

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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I think its sweet....

Trollslayer
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM
1 mom liked this

I think it is fantastic...Should be done more than one day a year......

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM
2 moms liked this

 This is how my kids' school is handling Valentine's today.  I think it is age appropriate and I appreciate the change in focus.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

:)

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

That's such a great idea!

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

sounds like a great idea

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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I support anything that counters heteronormative narratives to children. They are young, let them be young. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I think that is fantastic

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM


Quoting lizmarie1975:

That's such a great idea!


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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

This contrived 'good feelings for strangers' thing really gets under my skin --don't care what they call it.

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