By David Madden
LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — There’s a bit of a dustup at one Bucks County elementary school over plans to change the way students mark the Halloween season.READ MORE: 3 Sharon Hill Police Officers Fired After Being Charged In Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
When a new principal arrived at Emerson Elementary School in Bristol Township, teachers approached her about doing away with the school’s half-century-old Halloween parade in favor of a harvest festival.
School spokeswoman Eileen Kelliher describes a harvest festival as “a seasonal treatment of math, art, reading,” in order to “harness children’s exuberance at this time of the year.”READ MORE: 74-Year-Old Woman Killed In Medford House Fire
The idea, she says, is to keep the 350 kids at the school centered on their lessons — although the planned festival does include a scarecrow-decorating contest.
Some members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization say they are not happy with the move and, according to Kelliher, are organizing a parade of their own outside of school hours.MORE NEWS: Ex-Horsham Clinic Staffer Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges After Allegedly Sending Nude Pictures To Teen Patient
PTO officials were not immediately available for comment.