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N.Y. District Bans Religious Decorations

AP, Dec. 10, 2002 YONKERS, N.Y.- Public schools in this New York City suburb have banned decorations specific to one holiday, including Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs. Interim Superintendent Angelo Petrone directed officials last week to remove all decorations that go beyond a generic “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” Holiday assemblies featuring religious songs, poems and reports on holidays will still be permitted, district spokesman Eric Schoen said. Marla Hurban, a member of the Yonkers PTA Council, said teachers scrapped lesson plans involving holiday decorations and took down bulletin boards loaded with children’s artwork. When word of the order