[Discuss-sudbury-model] OK Rep. Randy Terrill and the Christmas Tree

From: Shelli Buhr <shellibuhr_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Dec 6 13:37:51 2005

I would love some feedback on this... I wrote him and
got a very nasty letter in return.

12/5/05 from Yahoo News

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Christmas tree that elementary
school students decorated with discarded lottery
tickets was removed from the state Capitol over the
weekend after a lawmaker complained it was
inappropriate.

Rep. Randy Terrill, who opposes the lottery, said he
spotted the tree on Wednesday when it was erected as
part of the governor's annual Christmas tree lighting
ceremony. The Republican lawmaker called the Westwood
Elementary School principal, who apologized and asked
the governor's office to remove the tree.

Sherry Fair, spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public
Schools, said the teachers and children did not intend
to offend anyone. The teachers went to various
convenience stores and got used lottery tickets, which
were cut into various geometric shapes and placed on
the tree.

"They had been studying about the lottery and
understood that the lottery money benefits public
schools," Fair said. "They came up with a theme about
the gift of education."

Terrill said the principal had invited him to talk to
students at the school.

Paul Sund, a spokesman for Gov. Brad Henry, said the
governor's office had nothing to do with decorating
the tree and referred questions to the school
district. The office of the state school
superintendent selects the schools that decorate the trees.

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