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Lancaster School Board to be honored for mascot name change

The Lancaster School Board is set to be honored by the Western New York Educational Service Council, a nonprofit chartered by the State Regents, for its decision earlier this month to retired the “Redskins” mascot and name.

“The committee has decided to honor the entire Lancaster Board of Education for the

courage and wisdom it displayed in determining that the current mascot was harmful to the Native

American population,” wrote Robert W. Christmann, WNYESC executive director, in a letter to Board President Kenneth Graber. “At a time in our society when few organizations actually stand up for what is right, the Lancaster Board of Education stood out in its resolve.”

The award marks the first time it has been given to an entire board of education.

The Board will accept its award at the 10th annual Awards of Excellence dinner on April 30 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.