From Harford County Public Schools:
On Flag Day, June 14, 2011, Churchville Elementary School was a sea of red, white and blue as they held their first annual Flag Day parade and celebration. The day began with the students dressed in flag colors parading through the parking lot, led by Churchville Elementary scouts and the student government. Each grade carried a flag-related project during the parade.
A ceremony was held, where students learned about flag etiquette from Girl Scouts as the Fifth Grade Boy Scout Color Guard hoisted the flag. Cub Scouts stood at attention during the ceremony and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The 4th and 5th grade chorus sang the “Star Spangled Banner” as all students stood proudly with their hands over their hearts. The school band played “America,” better known as “My Country ‘tis of Thee,” as everyone sang along. Kindergarten students sang “God Bless the USA” while they signed the lyrics in American Sign Language. Mrs. Cook, assistant principal, talked about the history of Flag Day and facts about the U.S. Flag. The entire school joined in singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” before parading back to the classrooms for more flag-related learning.
Wherever possible, teachers included flag facts and activities in lesson plans for the day. The cafeteria staff even got into the spirit, offering strawberries and blueberries, along with red, white and blue gelatin parfaits with lunch.
Finally, students participated in a living flag activity holding colored cards based on the design of the American Flag on the field behind the school. The 4th grade gifted and talented students calculated to determine the size of the squares and number needed to incorporate the entire student body.
Churchville Elementary Principal Thomas Smith said the day was such a success that it will become an annual event.