Eid Al Adha vacation at GA
Allah Subhananahu watala says in surat Alhajj, " Anyone who honors the symbols set up by God [shows evidence] of God-consciousness in people's hearts" Aya 32
As an alumni of Michigan Islamic Academy, I always valued my experiences and moments that made my education special in comparison to my friends that attended public schools. One of the most memorable experiences was celebrating Eid freely without worrying about exams or missing school on a vital day.
This school year(2016-17) will only include one Islamic holiday. It is imperative for Genesee Academy to value our holidays and encourage celebration and enjoyment during these blessed days. Other Islamic Schools provide their students with up to a week off and then celebrate through field trips, parties, and fun activities upon students return. One of Genesee Academy’s goals is to foster Islamic identity through their students. It is to prove to them that we value Eid over Christmas and Easter, because we live in a western society where our religion is not celebrated for its positive features.
That being said, I ask you to please give our students more than a day off of school. They should have their four days of Eid off, but I won't push for that, because I recognize that there are working parents as well. Therefore, I am asking for two days off of school. Students will subconsciously recognize that we don't care for our holidays when we give them a day off instead of more. Make students feel special for attending Genesee Academy! Help them develop a sense of loyalty to their school.
Jazakum Allahu Khiran,
Students, Parents, and Staff of Genesee Academy