PALM COAST, Florida (January 30, 2016) — On Friday, January 15, 2016, approximately 50 second grade students at Old Kings Elementary School marched to their own music or sang their learned rendition of the Irving Caesar version of The Pledge of Allegiance.
DAV Auxiliary Commander Claudia Parker led the program which focused on symbolism. Since the lesson came immediately before the Martin Luther King birthday commemoration, Dr. Parker began the lesson with a discussion of Dr. King and his contribution to the United States of America. Students were able to discuss the freedom and equality for which Dr. King fought, which easily led to a discussion of symbols in our world.
From the students’ identification of the feelings they get when they see the McDonald’s golden arches, it was easy for students to understand the meaning behind symbols of the United States of America, e.g., the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, American eagle, etc., and students were ecstatic to receive their own personal U.S. flags which were waved throughout the rest of the lesson.
Learning the meaning of “allegiance” through friendship and loyalty, the students were eager to learn to sing The Pledge of Allegiance. Once learned, Dr. Parker moved on to science where the students learned about vocal cords and how they make it easy to play an instrument they could all master in a few short minutes – a kazoo.
Passing out red, white and blue kazoos, students jammed a bit with their instruments until Parker announced the exciting conclusion to their lesson — a parade! Parker led the students in a rousing rendition of The Pledge of Allegiance, kazooing afterwards, and marching around the room waving their flags.
“This was the best day ever!” commented one student. And from the excitement in the air, you could tell all the students agreed.