Honoring America the Beautiful

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Students and faculty members at Dickinson Avenue Elementary School gathered together on June 14 to celebrate Flag Day. Family members were invited to the outside event where special guests Board Vice President David Stein and his wife Aimee were present with former Dickinson Avenue teacher Bob Shertzer and Scout leaders Valerie Jordan and Robert Hardenfelder.

Principal Patricia Essenfeld welcomed everyone to the special ceremony and introduced five Boy Scout members to do the honor of raising the American Flag. The school recited the Pledge of Allegiance, fifth-graders Gio Faust and Aliya Zadrozny joined Ms. Essenfeld at the podium dressed as Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross and third-graders showed off their homemade red, white and blue hats that they created for the occasion. 

The program consisted of several special elements including performances from band and orchestra students, patriotic songs performed by each grade level, a recipe of the flag demonstration and a white table of remembrance ceremony. 

In addition, a number of fifth-graders shared their writing on what Flag Day means to them and Ms. Essenfeld shared the names of those in the Dickinson Avenue community who currently serve and have served in the armed forces. She thanked them for their dedication and sacrifice.