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A fifth grade award ceremony at Hickman Elementary School in Garland, Texas, is under scrutiny after the grandmother of a student took issue with awards handed out based on race.
The ceremony, which took place on May 25, was part of a fifth grade
commencement exercise for students transitioning to the sixth grade,
said Chris Moore, Garland Independent School District (ISD) spokesperson.
While students received awards for attendance or citizenship, two awards in particular hit a sour note with Rene Morris, whose grandson attended Hickman Elementary, because they were given by community organizations that targeted African American and Hispanic students.
"It sickened my stomach," said Morris of the awards. "I can't believe an
organization wants to give money to a school district insist these
awards be given publicly. With all the diversity that this school has,
I'm shocked the teachers aren't smart enough to see that this is wrong
and they're proud of that."
Morris attended the ceremony for her grandson hoping he would be recognized for being on the honor roll last quarter.
She was dismayed when the school failed to honor students like her
grandson and instead announced the recipients of The Goldie Lockie Excel
Award granted by the Garland Chapter of the NAACP and the Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs' Image Award.
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