'White Trash Wednesday' Sunnycrest Elementary teacher appreciation event angers Seattle area parents

(Seattle, CNN) -- It was meant to say thanks to those who sit in the classroom with the youngest of minds.

Instead, a group of parents are getting a lesson when it comes to how they chose to celebrate their teachers.

There are more than 500 kids at Sunnycrest Elementary School in the Seattle area; many of them come from minority backgrounds, but all of them are getting a lesson in diversity.

The parent-teacher association wasn't kidding when it put out an email Monday night. It outlines the plan for teacher appreciation week. Themes range from muffin top Monday, serving muffins and pastries to staff, to tempt me Tuesday, with free massages. But the biggest concern seems to be over white trash Wednesday, where staff would have barbecue served to them on trash can lids.

The school's PTA  president would comment on the email.

The school's principal says the first complaint came late Monday. By Tuesday, he canceled the event.

After the events were canceled, the PTA president sent another email to parents, saying the talking trash theme was meant to be about recycling and that if it was offensive to anyone that was never their intent. The school's principal vows to take a different approach to this issue next year.


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