It has come to my attention that Beale Elementary will not be allowed to go to the movies this year. This has been a cherished holiday event for many years. Their partner in education paid for all the expenses every year the tickets, popcorn, etc. Unfortunately, this year they were told they could not have this wonderful experience. For many of the students this was the only opportunity to attend the movies. Every year movies were selected for their educational and character building merit. Students learned valued social skills and proper movie going behavior. It usually took about two hours of their day. Once students returned to school there were additional learning activities with four square writing. Students discussed characters, plots, and settings. It is sad to think that education is solely ruled by the almighty WESTEST scores. Students are very capable of learning outside the classroom. It saddens me that our superintendent of schools in Mason County has decided to be the “Grinch that Stole Christmas!” If the money is the problem it is my understanding that their Partner in Education offered to pay for the buses and drivers as well. Perhaps the board members need to step in and see that schools are allowed to still do some fun things to make the school experience enjoyable and memorable for all the students.