Feb 10, 2014 10:10 AM by Bethany Rhodes
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Fort Collins High School is celebrating "America Day" after administrators vetoed the students' previous idea to call it "'Merica Day."
Administrators say the school's student council proposed the original name based on its alliteration but they barred the word "Merica" for Monday's event because they said it's often used as derogatory slang to describe life in the U.S., not because they're unpatriotic. The controversy triggered some protests with American flags outside the school last week.
The event is the first day of "Spread the Love" week, in which students are encouraged to donate money to a charity that provides short-term care to children with disabilities to help their parents.