• David Jack

Patriotic School Assembly Celebrating OUR Flag

Had a great day yesterday at Allendale Elementary School in Pittsfield Massachusetts. The assembly did not start until the afternoon so I made it a day trip from Huntington Valley Pennsylvania up there and back home. I really don't mind the long drives because it gives me a time to think and reflect on how my assembly went, and how my year has been. Yesterday's school assembly was my Spirit of America show which fell the day before America's Flag day holiday! However, I forgot to mention flag day! Oh well, That's what are some of the pitfalls of doing a show over and over. It's tough to deviate from what i usually do. No matter, I think the kids had a great time learning about patriotic music and learning about the origins of this great nation of hours. The lessons learned from this important assembly will definitely carry over to Flag Day and beyond.

Original Star Spanbgled Banner from Ft. McHenry

One of the funny moments from the day was during the school assembly I asked the kids who the current president of the United States is. I always limit this question to kindergarten or first graders because I'm curious to see what they know. My first answer was Abraham Lincoln. My second answer for the current president, was George Washington. My third answer for the current president, was Abraham Lincoln again? I guess they've been studying about Abraham Lincoln. Either that, or the teacher is handing out $5 bills (or more likely... pennies).

Anyway, the most rewarding part of the day happened after the show when the gym teacher came up to me and said "I wish there were more shows like these in school" He went on to tell me that 8 of his 9 uncles fought in World war II and whenever he hears patriotic music it moves him. This is what makes this patriotic school assembly so valuable. It helps instills values so important to our young students. Patriotism is universal and belongs in our schools today, tomorrow and every day . Happy Flag Day!

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