Robbinsdale Area Schools’ School of Engineering and Arts has been asked to stop school-sponsored trips to Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley by the Washington, D.C.-based American Humanist Association after a parent notified them of the practice.
On Jan. 29 and roughly the same date as during the 2012-13 school year, SEA students went to Calvary to pack boxes of food for Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit. The food boxes were sent to Haiti as part of a hunger relief effort.
Both the church and the organization propagated a religious message, said association attorney Monica Miller. She argues that the school, by having a field trip during school hours to facilitate the goals of a religious organization has, itself, sponsored a religious message as well.