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We were thrilled with your wonderful article in the March 24 edition about Nile Ruff, one of our second-graders (“An Incredible, Stupendous, Eye-Popping Tale About a Totally Normal Kid”). Your portrayal of the day-to-day life of our school was entertaining and enlightening. It is always fascinating to see your world through fresh eyes, and Laura Lang’s perspective was warm, engaging, and penetrating.

The article did, however, misconstrue a comment made by our principal, Paquita Holland, about the nature of our Black History Month celebration. Lang quoted Holland’s announcement one morning in February as: “Today, for the first time, Oyster will celebrate Black History Month.” What Holland really said was: “Today, for the first time, Oyster will celebrate Black History Month with an interactive program about the Underground Railroad.” Since its inception in 1972, Oyster Bilingual School has always celebrated Black History Month, in a variety of ways. This year’s celebration was simply a new approach.

Thank you again for your insightful article about Nile Ruff and her world.

Oyster Bilingual Elementary School