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Children celebrate Constitution Day

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Nearly four hundred students, parents, staff and community members celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia in rousing style. From kindergarten through fifth grade, students waved flags, marched to patriotic music, danced and sang to commemorate the brave men who wrote America’s Constitution.

Kindergarteners kicked off the event with a flag parade. Musical selections were performed by first, second, fourth and fifth grade students. Fourth graders also recited the poem In 1787. Third-graders showed off their agility with a modern rendition of the American traditional square dance.

Keynote speaker Reuben Blackwell, OIC President and Rocky Mount councilman, reminded students how important it is to participate in their great country..

“It is important to keep our Constitution living and breathing by voting,” 
Blackwell said. “When you are older, make sure you vote. Tell your parents and other adults to make sure they always vote.”

Blackwell also encouraged students to strive for excellence in all they do.

“Be the best student you can be. Education is your highest priority. Come to school ready to learn. Work with your teachers and make the best grades you can,” Blackwell said.

Students were shocked when Blackwell told them that original Constitution was only four written pages long.

Principal Anne Mitchell and Assistant Principal Bobbi Jones recognized the parents who attended, thanking them for all they do for Baskerville and their children. The celebration closed with remarks from Superintendent Anthony Jackson.

“It is always an uplifting experience coming to Baskerville Elementary School. This school is one of the jewels in our school district. I applaud all of you for the job you are doing,” Jackson said.