How about a little good news from around the U.S. today. I’m talking ’bout Brownies, Citizens, and First-Grade Plays, all united around a theme.
GREENVILLE — While many American soldiers are sent overseas every day to serve their country, nine little patriots are paying tribute to them right here in Greenville.
Brownie Troop 3077, a group of first- and second-grade girls from Baldwin Heights Elementary School, may not be old enough to earn Purple Hearts or Medals of Honor, but they’re working diligently to earn merit badges for their assistance in the community.
“Since September the girls have been learning about our country and patriotism and have been earning badges on those issues,” Troop Leader Lindsey Bathurst explained.
Irene English couldnt stop smiling. There was a sparkle in her eye that matched the red, white and blue sparkle of the rhinestones on her belt buckle as she sat on a bench in the third-floor courtroom. This was her big day. English, 39, is now a United States citizen.
“Its great,” she said. “Its all great.” English is one of 49 individuals who participated in a naturalization ceremony Friday at the John C. Watts Federal Building. The ceremony, which lasted approximately 45 minutes, was filled with emotion as people from 21 different nations took an oath pledging their allegiance to America.
Jackson Derbes holds an American flag as David Hard, Anna Miller and Sophia North and other members of their first-grade class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the end of their performance of A New Flag for a New Country on Friday afternoon at St. Thomas Early Learning Center in College Station.
The students were dressed as historical figures: Jackson as George Washington, David as James Madison, Anna as Martha Washington and Sophia as Dolly Madison.