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Massena school allows yoga with a different name

October 15, 2008
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

MASSENA (AP) - An upstate New York high school has won community approval to offer students a voluntary yoga program, as long as it's not called yoga.

The program began Tuesday, almost a month after several parents at Massena High School had objected to the exercise class. They claimed that teaching yoga in school would promote Hinduism and violates the separation of church and state.

The yoga program has been renamed ''Raider Relaxation'' and includes the same exercises some parents objected to last month. Massena High School's sports nickname is the Red Raiders.

The name change came during a meeting between Massena schools superintendent Roger Clough and several parents. Board of Education President Julie Reagan says if a name change makes those who opposed the yoga program happy, she can live with it. Reagan added ''What's in a name?''



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