Originally Published: March 8, 2006 4 a.m.
PRESCOTT In big 5- and 6-year-old voices, the students in Andria Douglas' all-day kindergarten class explained the real meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Traditional School students performed "A Patriotic Program," which included 12 songs, the pledge and the explanation of the pledge's meaning.
One at a time, students came forward to expand on various components of the pledge.
"A pledge is a promise. If you make a promise, you should keep it," one student said.
The United States, another student said, means "there are 50 states and they're all under one leader."
"A republic is the kind of government with a president we vote for," a student said, and another student added, "Indivisible means you can't break our country apart."
"With liberty," another student said, "means we are free to do what we want to, except if it breaks the law."
After the performance, Douglas said the students began learning the songs at the beginning of the school year but received their special parts about three weeks ago.
While much of what the students studied followed state standards for social studies, part of it tied in with the school's mascot the Patriots.
Students' parents and grandparents, as well as a class of first-graders, attended Tuesday's performance, which lasted about a half-hour.
Douglas said the students were excited all day but got even more so when they saw their audience.
Songs included "We Love the USA," "America the Beautiful," "I Am Glad I Am American," "Our Flag Stands For Our Country," "I Pledge Allegiance," "Grand Ol' Flag," "Proud to Be an American," "Yankee Doodle," "We Are the Patriots," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "This Land Is Your Land" and "God Bless America."
Movements accompanied the songs, as did some goofy faces and some yawns.
Although the tempo remained fast during most of the show, it slowed substantially as the students sang the final song and performed the sign language that went along with the spoken words.
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