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'I Pledge Allegiance' program offered for kindergarten students

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is once again sponsoring a program to encourage kindergarten teachers to teach their students the proper way to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

The program is being offered to all school in Putnam, Kanawha and surrounding counties. The program is available to kindergarten classes in public, private and parochial schools. Age-appropriate teaching materials are provided to kindergarten teachers.

Students who learn simple flag etiquette, flag fact, and can recite the Pledge of Allegiance, are presented a flag certificate and a small American flag. Teachers are given a copy of the Flag Code and a Pledge of Allegiance poster for their classroom.

According to Kanawha Valley DAR Chapter Flag Chairman Lois Taylor, the objective of the "I Pledge Allegiance" program is to encourage the teaching of American history and patriotism to young children at the kindergarten level.

"We believe that promoting this thin layer of patriotic education in the early years will enable our students to develop a sense of pride in their country, which will be with them their entire life. After 9-11, our country experienced a resurrection of patriotism. We see more flags flying today than before 9-11. The Kanawha Valley Chapter DAR wants to help encourage a continuation of these visible signs of patriotism by instilling a love of country in our young people."

Kindergarten teachers who would like to participate in this program should contact Taylor by email at: LT2838@aol.com.