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CA studies flag, anthem

Classmates Harley Haydon and Alexander Green assist Chesapeake Academy fourth-grader Tyler Dunaway as he learns the procedure for raising the Virginia state flag from Head of School Debbie Cook and teacher Jennifer Goodlett.

Aware that nothing instills patriotism more than a good patriotic song, Chesapeake Academy music teacher Beth Somers has embarked on a no-child-left-behind mission to ensure that her students in grades K-8 know the words to and understand the meaning behind our country’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“With the Olympics behind us and the presidential elections before us, I can think of no better time,” said Somers, who conceived lesson plans on flag etiquette and patriotism while watching the occasional athlete stumble through the lyrics during medal ceremonies at this summer’s games.

With a more in depth understanding of American history, Somers’ middle school students were able to comprehend the bigger picture at the time of the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 and the birth of the anthem.

As a follow-up activity, representatives from the American Legion Post in Reedville came to Chesapeake Academy in October to host an all-school assembly on flag etiquette and patriotism.

As a culminating project, Chesapeake Academy will participate in the creation of an all-school human flag on the middle school soccer field in early November while wearing school uniform clothing of red, white and blue. 

posted 10.29.2008

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