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Waterbury schools to respect Muslim holidays
by Bob Wilson
Starting next fall, all schools in the Waterbury School District will be honoring two of the Muslim religion's most holy days by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those days.
It started with more than 300 signatures on a petition and has come full circle. Thursday night, the Waterbury Board of Education voted to honor two Muslim holy days. Fahd Syed says he is happy because his children won't have to choose between education and religion.
"Growing up in Waterbury myself and going to school here, I missed a trip because of the holiday," said Syed. "I had to choose my faith and I didn't go to the trip. That was in the third grade at Washington Elementary."
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