Students from area schools participated in a nationwide movement demonstrating patriotism and unity.
President Bush encouraged all school aged children to unite and say the Pledge of Allegiance on at the exact same time on October 12.
A message was sent to District 181 staff notifying them of the request and urging them to participate with their students.
So, at 1 pm students throughout the school district put down their pencils, faced their classroom flag and, together, said the Pledge.
"The kids thought it was really cool that they were part of something that all kids in the USA were a part of," commented Whittier Elementary Principal Pat Altrichter. "It makes for a sense of unity. The kids sense of patriotism and pride and just awareness of freedom has really been heightened. We always said the pledge before - but it truly seems to be more meaningful now."
At Mississippi Horizons School, teacher Tim Peabody sang the Star Spangled Banner over the school's intercom.
Riverside Elementary Principal Cathy Engler said her fifth grade students have since voiced interest in writing to service men and women to let them know how much they appreciate what they're doing for our country. Students are also inquiring on the Pledge's meaning and background to which, teachers are providing more information.
"I truly feel that students and staff have a collected new respect for the meaning of the Pledge and for what our flag stands for," Engler added.
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