During her aperture animadversion at West Towson Elementary's additional anniversary Memorial Day celebration, arch Sue Hershfeld accustomed that for abounding students, the anniversary meant bathe clubs were open, ancestors picnics were held, and summer was clearly here.
But through a affectionate affairs that runs afore school, West Towson is now abounding of acceptance who voluntarily abstruse about the sacrifices we bless anniversary Memorial Day.
"When you apperceive what Memorial Day stands for, it makes you feel added beholden that you alive in America," said fifth-grader Colleen Mader said.
Through the Patriots and Defenders program, which was brought to West Towson by first-grade abecedary Judith Rietz and art abecedary Renee Whelehan, acceptance voluntarily advised and memorized assorted genitalia of American history in adjustment to bigger their compassionate of our country's past.
The kindergarten students, dubbed Yankee Doodles, abstruse the Pledge of Allegiance and why they apprehend it, and abstruse to analyze President Barack Obama. Every kindergarten apprentice accomplished the rank of Yankee Doodle.
First-grade acceptance did the same, additional apprentice the cardinal of stars and stripes on the banderole and how to analyze key abstracts in American history.
Second-graders abstruse how to aces the United States out of a map and analyze American symbols and added celebrated figures, while third-graders apprentice about Maryland history as well.
But fourth- and fifth-graders were the stars of Friday's event, which was abounding by State Sen. Jim Brochin, Councilman David Marks, and associates of the American Legion Towson Post 22.
For the accomplished six weeks, 12 fifth-graders and 48 fourth-graders advised to acquire the appellation of Patriot, which appropriate them to acquire the Star Spangled Banner as able-bodied as an extract fromMartin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and analyze all 50 states and Maryland's 23 counties on a map.
Additionally, 18 fifth-graders, including Colleen Mader, congenital on their cachet as Patriots from aftermost year and memorized, amid added things, the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the names of all 44 presidents — giving them the appellation of Defender.
They were accustomed a badge and a Maryland flag, while the Patriots were awarded an American flag.
But the angle that got abounding of these acceptance to accomplish their chargeless time and acquire pages of advice are the acreage trips that Patriots and Defenders are accepting this month.
On Wednesday, the accumulation went on a cruise to Philadelphia, area they enjoyed the bounded book and toured the city's actual sites.
"We went to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' house, and Ben Franklin's house," said fifth-grade Defender Ava Williams, 12.
Next week, they'll be branch to Washington D.C., area Patriot Elisabeth Sampson, 11, said they will see the alteration of the bouncer alfresco the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and booty a cruise to the Air and Space Museum.
Many of the acceptance who were accustomed Friday, including fifth-graders Miguel Iglesias, an 11-year-old Defender, and Corey Hanlon, an 11-year-old Patriot, said the cruise to Washington was a agency in their participation.
Corey said his grandfather, a World War II adept who becoming a Purple Heart, and his grandmother are both active at Arlington, and he's aflame to appointment there for a additional time.
Several acceptance were additionally accustomed for their assignment in a school-wide article and affiche challenge based onJohn F. Kennedy's acclaimed adduce about what anniversary could action their country.
Ally Gaddy, Abi Simmons and Cait Kristoff won the article contests, while Reed Spaulding, Mia Smith, Kayla Vosburg, Chloe Simpson, Angelica Jameson and Journey Gianna won the affiche contest.
Claire Beaudry, who was called a Defender Friday, said all of the acceptance the acceptance accustomed at the commemoration fabricated the accomplishment worthwhile.
"We did a lot of adamantine work," she said.