OGDENSBURG, N.Y. -- About 50 parents showed up at the Ogdensburg school board meeting Monday to protest the cancellation of the morning program at Lincoln Elementary.
The daily program was canceled earlier this school year due to concerns about its educational value. It was held for the past 17 years at the beginning of the school day and focused on building student's self confidence and encouraging them to interact with each other.
The vast majority of people who took to the program were in support of it. School board members heard from one of the students whom this decision has impacted the most.
"I just really love it and I hope we can save it. For the 'doing it right' slips, we put them in, then we get called up and we get prizes," said student Connor Grenier.
"It's educational. It's structured. The kids get to sit and they do the pledge together," parent Heather Wells said.
A petition asking the program to be reinstated has more than 350 signatures. Opponents say programs like this are not proven to be educational, while classroom time has been.