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APW Elementary Celebrates Flag Day

Students of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School celebrated Flag Day with pride by participating in a flag-folding ceremony, performing an instrumental version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and walking in a parade of nations.

Jaylynne Metott raises her American flag with pride during a “parade of nations” held on Flag Day at APW Elementary School.
Jaylynne Metott raises her American flag with pride during a “parade of nations” held on Flag Day at APW Elementary School.

A few members of the local American Legion attended the ceremony, sharing about their time in the service.

A poem was read explaining the meaning behind the 13 folds of the flag as two APW Elementary students completed the folds.

The school’s elementary band, directed by music teacher Michele Catania, played “The Star-Spangled Banner” as students sang along with hands on their hearts.

Following the ceremony, the entire school participated in a parade of nations, each class representing a different nation, dressed in costume.

One class dressed in kilts to represent Scotland, others waived national flags in the air representing those countries.

The event is a kickoff for the school’s annual fun days, which feature career-related task stations on the school’s track and field.

For example, the firemen station requires students to carry pails of water to fill a bucket in the fastest time.

The stations get young students thinking about potential career fields for their future.