Atlanta school announces it's replacing the Pledge of Allegiance with a more inclusive recitation

An Atlanta school announced on Tuesday that it is replacing the daily Pledge of Allegiance with a more inclusive recitation, reports WSB.

“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” Lara Zelski, principal of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s elementary campus, wrote in a letter. “There are many emotions around this and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive manner.” 

She stated that, in the coming months, the students and faculty will work together to create a replacement. 

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New citizens stand during the National Anthem at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A little girl holds the flag as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
New citizens stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
New citizens stand during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A new citizen holds a U.S. flag at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
New citizen Angela Fabiola Rodriguez de Gonzalez waves her U.S. flag as others stand during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a video screen during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: New U.S. citizens cheer after reciting the Oath of Allegiance during naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
New citizens smile at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
New citizen Angela Fabiola Rodriguez de Gonzalez smiles during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
New citizens smile at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: New U.S. citizen Mosammat Rasheda Akter, orginally Bangladesh, holds her 7 month-old daughter Fahmida as she recites the Oath of Allegiance during naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: New U.S. citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance during naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: Mosammat Rasheda Akter (L), originally from Bangladesh, holds her 7 month-old daughter Fahmida as she waits to officially become a U.S. Citizen during a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: An American flag and citizenship packet sit on a chair before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: Mosammat Rasheda Akter, from originally from Bangladesh, feeds her 7 month-old daughter Fahmida before officially becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3: A new U.S. citizen holds a flag to his chest during the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library, July 3, 2018 in New York City. 200 immigrants from 50 countries became citizens during the ceremony, one day before America's Independence Day. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A woman holds the flag as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
People take the oath as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman holds the flag and her paperwork as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes 200 new citizens from 50 countries during a ceremony in honor of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
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Zelski noted that the new morning pledge “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.” 

Students who want to say the Pledge of Allegiance during the school day will be given the opportunity to do so. 

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