CAIR: 11-Year-Old Maryland Student to Be Recognized for Muslim School Holiday Effort

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/4/15) – On Sunday, July 5, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA) in Silver Spring, Md., will recognize an 11-year-old Montgomery County Public School student for championing equal rights for Muslims. 

WHO: CAIR, ISWA to Recognize 11-Year-Old Eleanor Cope for Solidarity with Montgomery County Muslims’ Eid Equality Efforts
WHEN: Sunday, July 5, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Md., 20905
CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

After learning of Muslim friends’ efforts to seek equality for the Muslim holiday of Eid on Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) calendar, fifth-grader Eleanor Cope researched the issue and circulated a petition seeking Eid inclusion in her school. She collected hundreds of signatures.

At Sunday’s ceremony, which coincides with the Ramadan fast-breaking meal (iftar), Cope will be presented a plaque to recognize her solidarity with the Montgomery County Muslim community.

Efforts led by the Equality 4 Eid Coalition and CAIR have been underway for a number of years to seek equal and fair treatment for the county’s Muslim students. Last fall, despite a strong push by the coalition, CAIR, and allies, the MCPS school board voted to strike all references to religious holidays from the school calendar. Schools would remain closed on Jewish and Christian holidays, but would not reference the holidays.

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