Memorial Day school makeup day upsets Aiken Co. parents

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News 12 at 11 o'clock/Monday May 26, 2014

AIKEN CO., S.C. (WRDW)--April Benson, parent of one, says she has a lot of family members serving in the military.

"We have a brother in law. We have uncles and we think that it should be a holiday that they can observe," she said. "It shouldn't be taken away."

Benson could barely hold back tears as she picked up her 10-year-old daughter, Kaylee, from Hammond Hill Elementary School Monday.

"It kind of takes away from them getting to observe what Memorial Day's about," she said.

"It's about celebrating the people who fought for our country," said her 10-year-old daughter Kaylee.

Following the January snow storm and February ice storm, the Aiken County School District chose make up three days of school.

But three months later, Kaylee says her 5th grade classroom was nearly empty.

"We only had like 8 or 7 people today in class," Kaylee explained.

"My daughter actually is number 25 so there are normally 25 to 26[students] in each class," said Benson.

They both say they value class time, but don't feel like today's make up day was used for learning.

"In all reality today they watched movies," said Benson. "They did not really do anything too educational."

"We didn't learn anything because there were hardly any people here," Kaylee said. "That's why [the teacher] didn't teach a new lesson or anything."

"But, if you didn't send counted against them," Benson went on to say.

Benson says she's not sure what could have been done to make up school days, but, she doesn't think Memorial Day should ever be an option.

"The snow day wasn't our fault. It wasn't the school systems' fault and to take away a sacred holiday...I don't agree with it," she said.

News 12 reached out to Aiken County School District officials about attendance numbers on the Memorial Day make up day.

They admit they expected fewer students in class, but they won't have actual number until Tuesday.

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