The seventh graders are coming in to do a special project on the presidents and the flag with our kindergarten class, so please pick your students up at 3:10 rather than 2:40 on Friday. This was the email we received from the teacher, so I was waiting in car line at 3:10, anxious to hear my sweet girl tell me all about the special project. Enamored with the older kids (they're just so cool, Mommy), I knew she would love having them come to her class.
As the teacher walked Hailey to the car with a smile that wanted to turn to laughter so desperately, I knew something was up. The seventh graders apparently did an amazing job of explaining the history of our country's flag, the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, and the sacrifices that were made to make our country what it is. They talked about fighting for freedom, love for the flag, and the importance of our country's representation in the Olympic games. Patriotism, respect, and honor were coupled with pride, loyalty, and love of country.
At the end of their moving lesson, the seventh graders were paired up with the kindergarteners to draw a picture of the flag, and then help them write out a sentence of what the flag means to them. Hailey had done a good job of coloring her flag, with the appropriate stars and stripes. Then she had her statement of what the flag means to her:
"I like the flag because it's really pretty and I like the stripes because I look good in stripes."
Oh, how I love my girl!!
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