Note: Stacey Gregg is a member of Morris County NOW
Morris schools unite
on MLK day observances
by Paula Saha, Star Ledger, nj.com, August 23, 2007
As public school
students in Morris County head back to school this fall, all of
their schedules will for the first time include a holiday on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The number of districts that stayed open on the state and
federal holiday -- which falls on Jan. 21 next year -- has
dwindled steadily over the last few years. Some districts
will continue to hold staff development days for teachers on the
holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
But the three districts that continued to have classes on the
holiday last year -- Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes and
Mendham Township -- all changed the calendar this time.
"I think that's wonderful," said Felicia Jamison, chairwoman of
the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee in Morris
County. "I think it's important that children have a
chance to observe the importance of Dr. King."
The changes are due in part to the efforts of Rockaway Township
mother Stacey Gregg, who made the issue a personal campaign.
Gregg's ultimate goal is to get all districts across the state
to give their students a holiday on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
She is particularly aiming her efforts in Bergen County, she
said, where 55 of 78 districts are scheduled to be closed on