To the Editor:

Board of Ed: It has come to my attention that Eagle Scouts will not be allowed to wear their Eagle cords at their graduation ceremony. I strongly urge you to reconsider and change this policy by graduation date. The Eagle rank represents all we want in young men today and each RHS student that earns this rank has proved himself worthy of such an honor through unparalleled hard work, commitment, leadership and perseverance.

In fact, the RPS mission statement aligns perfectly with what attaining the rank of Eagle represents: individual growth, resilience, citizenship and empathy (along with many other enviable attributes). It would be a disgrace not to allow these young men to proudly wear their cords. In fact, in my opinion, it would be nothing short of insulting. Thank you for reconsidering this position.

Tizzie Mantione

Ridgefield, June 15