- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A private school in Augusta whose students were banned from singing some Christmas carols at a VA hospital says a new agreement will allow the songs to be sung during the upcoming holiday season.

Alleluia Community School administrators say they’ve been assured by Augusta’s Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center that students will be able to sing their carols — including those with religious content — within the hospital.

In December, the hospital announced a stricter stance on its policy banning carolers from singing religious Christmas music in public patient areas. As a result, the students were prevented from singing songs such as “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

The Augusta Chronicle reported the agreement this week (https://bit.ly/1kX02mn ).

The VA said in a statement that it welcomes the school carolers.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , https://www.augustachronicle.com

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