Iowa City, IA

AU received a complaint about the Iowa City Community School District’s “Optimist Club Good Reader Program,” which encourages reading among students in the third and fourth grades. Upon completion of the program, students received a recognition card stating, among other promises, that they would “acknowledge that belief in God gives purpose to life.” AU wrote a letter to the District, informing officials that encouraging students to avow a belief in God violates the Establishment Clause. One week after receiving AU’s letter, the District’s superintendent informed us that the religious references would be omitted from the recognition card.