Paying Tribute to the Stars and Stripes

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In honor of Flag Day, Harley Avenue Primary and James H. Boyd Intermediate schools held individual Flag Day celebrations on June 12.

First-grade students at Harley Avenue Primary School sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” arranged by Francis Scott Key, “Fifty Nifty United States” by Ray Charles, George M. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and more. During the concert, students used bells to accompany their songs and performed a short skit about the first American flag made by Betsy Ross.

At James H. Boyd Intermediate School, led by band teacher Tim Kenyon, the fifth-grade band also performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Following student speeches about what the flag represents, members of Girl Scout Troop 282 performed and narrated a flag folding ceremony and presented the flag to Vietnam War veteran and guest speaker Dominick A. Papaleo. Under the direction of music teacher Linda Halber Romano, teacher Linda Scotto and orchestra teacher Diana Gotzen-Berg, string student-musicians and members of the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade select chorus performed patriotic songs, as the audience sang along.