Pint-Sized Patriots

There was plenty of red, white, and blue worn by members of Wasuma Elementary School’s kindergarten through third grade classes last Friday, as the students entertained more than 200 with uplifting patriotic songs in honor of President’s Day, accompanied by Jackie Byers on the piano.

The morning started with a moving moment when young and old alike rose to their feet, loudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The performance, in the school’s cafeteria, started with a rallying trumpet solo by Wasuma’s Student Body President, Dalton Smith, and Gabby Franck’s third grade class marching down the center isle in drill formation with third grader, Trevor Franck, serving as drill sergeant. The class sang “God Bless America.”

All the students, clad in patriotic attire, warmed the hearts of all present with Leslie Peterson’s kindergarteners reminding all of the history and creation of the American flag, singing “Freedom Isn’t Free.” Vivian Cooley’s Kindergarten class performed “Grand Old Flag,” Kris Barnes’ second grade class sang “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and Taryn Tompkins first grade class closed with “Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue.”

Veterans and active military members in the audience where honored and reminded that Wasuma students are learning of the huge sacrifices they have made to allow all Americans to live in the land of the free and the brave.

Clearly the hour the children performed with heartfelt patriotism would have made the Founding Father’s proud.

- Staff Report