Celebrating Flag Day
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Students and staff at Chapin Street School arrived to school on June 14th - Flag Day -wearing red, white or blue;  eager and honored to participate in a living flag ceremony.  According to Nikki Reed, Chapin Street Principal, this was the first year this type of a celebration took place at their school and is hopeful it will become a school tradition.

Reed explained that she and  3rd grade teacher, Carrie Joseph, began planning for a Flag Day celebration in the middle of May, commenting, “We thought forming a human flag would be a great way to educate and reinforce the importance of respecting and honoring the United States flag with our students. It was amazing to see the flag take shape, this morning, as our students took their places on the playground to form the stars and stripes. Mrs. Joseph did an outstanding job bringing this vision to fruition.”  

After students took their place to bring the flag to life, the ceremony began with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Meghan Provost, Chapin Street School Music Teacher then led the 2nd grader students in singing You’re a Grand Old Flag and the 3rd graders performed the Star Spangled Banner (see video below).

Massachusetts State VFW Commander, Eric Segundo, and VFW Post 3236 Commander, Christine Bassett, were invited to address students about the flag, on this it's special day. Bassett shared information about the history and importance of respecting the flag with students, while Segundo informed students that not only is June 14th Flag Day, but that it is also the Army’s birthday. Much to the delight of the students he welcomed students to join him in singing Happy Birthday to the Army.

Students and staff alike all agreed that being part of the living flag was not only a special way to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress, but will also be one of those memories they cherish for many years to come.

Reed also wanted to thank LUSO Federal Credit Union for donating the white balloons and Big Y Supermarkets, via Links to Libraries, for donating patriotic red, white and blue shoelaces to every Chapin student.   We welcome you to view the video below that highlights the celebration.

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