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East Greenwich Middle School's Honors Night now back on

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By Mike LaCrosse
  
mlacrosse@abc6.com
 
Cole Middle School officials are backtracking on plans to cancel their traditional Honors Night and will now hold the event.   It comes after parents complained to school officials.
 
"We heard it and we responded accordingly," said Superintendent Victor Mercurio.
 
Monday night ABC6 News first reported an email was sent to parents saying there were concerns "Honors Night" was too exclusive in nature and that they’d recognize the students in different way.  
  
Tuesday afternoon another email was sent out to parents saying in part:
 
“Over the past several days we have been in contact with many members of the community who have shared feedback about our decision to recognize and celebrate student excellence by individuals and teams in a team-based event during school hours. We have certainly appreciated the range of feedback we received about how best to celebrate excellence at Cole. In light of our conversations, we have decided to honor excellence as we had planned, but at a traditional evening event.”
  
The email from Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger also says the original email could have been more clear about the change.

"The intention always was to recognize, formally recognize that achievement," said Superintendent Mercurio.

Parents tell ABC6 News they are happy their voices were heard.

"I was really happy to see that they made this change because really that's the society that we live in.  We do not live in a society where they do not reward individuals," said parent Joe Kosloski.

"It gives them a reason to be motivated and work really hard," said parent Kerrie Hedde.

"I was disappointed when I found out it was canceled, but then we got the email today that it was reinstated and I was excited," said parent Joelle Perrone.

The event will be held on a night in June
  
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