On Thursday, March 10, Mrs. Jan Newman’s second grade performed an outstanding Patriotic Program for special guests and the student body at McGill Elementary. The audience joined them in, “The Pledge of Allegiance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” The students recited “The Preamble to the Constitution” and sang “America the Beautiful.” A robust choral reading of, “The Red, Wwhite,and Blue” was followed by, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” along with a lively rendition of, “Fifty-Nifty United States.” At the conclusion of the program, Paul Johnson represented the Lions Club in presenting each of the twenty students with their own American Flag along with a brief history of it.
This program is a cherished 20-year tradition at McGill. In 1996, Mrs. Erin Costello instituted a Patriotic Program for the Lions Club flag presentation. When Mrs. Newman joined the second grade two years later, she added her musical talent on the piano and began teaching English Sign Language for some of the songs. Hundreds of students over the years have had sparks of patriotism instilled in their hearts while preparing for this memorable program.