Sand Creek Elementary School, Coon Rapids, celebrated Constitution Day Sept. 17.
All the students and staff at the school participated in an outdoor flag raising ceremony in front of the school.
A fifth-grade color guard comprising Alex Luckow, Ameera Ashad, Jake Van Hulzen and Kayeann Lynch raised the flag, then music teacher Carolyn Kennedy led students in singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”
Principal Paul Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance and spoke about the meaning of Constitution Day.
In coming together for the ceremony, Anderson said the school was like a family that gathers for occasions such as a wedding or a funeral.
Then students were selected from each grade, one through five, to read a sentence they had written on “What freedom means…”
There were six students each from the first and second grades, four from the third grade, three from the fourth grade and four fifth-graders.
Examples given by students included freedom to follow a dream, freedom to make choices, freedom to go to school and learn, freedom to make new friends, freedom to believe in what you want, freedom to travel the world and make the world a better place, equality and opportunities for everyone and freedom to do what you want as long as is does not break the law.
According to Anderson, the U.S. Constitution provides citizens with certain rights and Sand Creek students have rights at school, too.
They have the right to feel welcome at the school, the right to feel safe at the school and the right to know that they matter to each and every adult at Sand Creek, Anderson said.
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens, according to Wikipedia.
It is observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787, the Wikipedia website states.
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