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Constitution Day Celebration

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

BAYWOOD ee* Students at Baywood Elementary showed their pride to be citizens of America during a Constitution Day program held at the school last Thursday.

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The program was hosted by Mrs. Fleming's third-grade class and had been performed for the school's Parent Teacher Organization earlier that week.

The celebration was part of a national day that celebrates the birth of the United States' government. It was on Sept. 17, 1787, that the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

Kindergarteners kicked off the program by talking about the American flag and leading the student body, faculty and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The students have been learning about the flag and informed those in attendance  why it had 50 stars (one for each state) and 13 stripes (one for each original colony).

The third-grade students supplemented the information with the "ABC State Song," in which they sang each of the 50 states in alphabetical order.

Up next, the first-graders took to the stage and talked about various symbols of the United States, including the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument and the flag. First-graders also sang "Down By the Flagpole."

Second-graders performed the next part of the program, singing the song "Grand Old Flag."

Third-graders then performed a constitution acrostic poem. Each student held up one letter in the word "constitution" and explained why the document was written.

Up next on the stage was the fourth-grade class, which spoke about each part of the preamble of the constitution.

Fifth grade took center stage next, as the students performed a reader's theatre about the constitution, which included insights about Sept. 11, a history of when African-Americans and women established their rights and a tribute to each of America's armed services. They also joined fellow students who had memorized the constitution's preamble, while other members of fifth-grade used sign-language to "speak" it.

Third-graders topped the performance off by declaring that America was "a wonderful place to live because of the constitution," and signing "God Bless the U.S.A."