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New Salem Elementary celebrates American Spirit Day

Fifth-grade New Salem Elementary AIG students recite the Preamble to the Constitution from memory during American Spirit Day held recently at the school. Constitution Week, which ended yesterday, (Sept. 23, 2009) inspired an assortment of activities in celebration of the American spirit.

New Salem Elementary School, with the help of Piedmont High School, was one of many UCPS schools to honor and celebrate America during Constitution Week, which ended yesterday, (Sept. 23, 2009). The event inspired an assortment of activities in celebration of the American spirit.
          
The students and staff of New Salem Elementary donned their patriotic colors on Sept. 17, 2009, as the school celebrated American Spirit Day and honored the memory of those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.
   
The day started with a special assembly program, which began with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives on Sept 11, 2001. This was followed by the presentation of the colors by the Piedmont High School’s JROTC. 
   
The JROTC also demonstrated their technical skills by presenting a drill routine that they will take to state competition in a few months.
          
Garrett Hinson, a fifth-grade student at New Salem, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. A small ensemble from Piedmont High performed the National Anthem before a packed auditorium of students, teachers and parents.
   
The New Salem fifth-grade chorus sang “God Bless America,” while fifth grade AIG students recited the Preamble to the Constitution from memory.
        
At the conclusion of the program, the entire student body watched a video clip from School House Rock entitled, “We The People,” which depicts the importance of the United States Constitution and the reason for this special day’s celebration.
       
Constitution Day activities continued in classrooms at News Salem Elementary where technology, projects, and other special activities were used to teach students about this important document and its significance to the history of America. The Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

Written by: Neil Hawkins, principal New Salem Elementary School
Posted: Sep 24, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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