WINNEBAGO, Ill. (AP) — The superintendent of a northern Illinois school district is defending a decision to hold classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to make up for a snow day in November.

Some members of the Rockford-area NAACP criticized the Winnebago district, west of Rockford. But Superintendent John Schwuchow said students in the district’s four schools learned about King’s legacy and impact.

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“We used it as an opportunity to build the value behind what Dr. King accomplished,” he said.

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Monday was set aside as a possible weather makeup day at the start of the school year. The superintendent said students would have been off if they hadn’t had a snow day earlier in the year.

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