The father of two elementary school aged children wrote the most epic letter when he replied to the principal who refuse to accept their family trip to Boston as an excusable absence.
Michael Rossi took to Facebook to share the letter he received from Rochelle S. Marbury, Principal of Rydal Elementary School, after his kids Jack and Victoria missed school on April 17, 20 and 21, 2015.
The letter from the principal stated this:
Mr. Rossi decided to write the principal back! In his letter below, he validated the reasons why the trip to Boston educated his children far more than this country’s educational system ever could.
Not to mention the main purpose of the trip had to do with the death of a loved one. Does the principal not even have any compassion for that?
Here is Mr. Rossi’s response to the school:
Dear Madam Principal,
while I appreciate your concern for our children’s education, I can promise you they learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire school year.
Our children had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book.
In the three days of school they missed (which consisted of standardized testing that they could take any time) they learned about dedication, commitment, love, perseverance, overcoming adversity, civic pride, patriotism, American history, culinary arts and physical education.
They watch their father overcome injury, bad weather, the death of a loved one and many other obstacles to achieve an important personal goal.
They also experienced firsthand the love and support of thousands of others cheering on people with a common goal.
At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for a great cause in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.
They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists can not detour the American spirit.
These are things they won’t ever truly learn in the classroom.
In addition, our children walked the freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence.
These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.
They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming.
We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful teachers and staff interested the education they are receiving at Rydal Elementary School. We truly love our school.
but I would not hesitate to pull them out of school again for an experience like the one they had this past week.
Thank you for your time.
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