My class loves singing, and this year “God Bless America” has been a favorite song. How do I know? Children sing it from the loft in the classroom, and when using the bathroom. They sing it while building with toys, playing on the playground, and at lunch. When something becomes a passion for children, I do something more to bring that passion to life.
A relative of one of my students is the Coast Guard Liason to the White House. Yes, I was the brave one; I emailed her to tell her how children love the song. I asked if we could send her a video of the children singing, as a Memorial Day Remembrance for the White House.
She was thrilled! So, we got to work to practice and videotape the performance. It is fabulous! Off the video went to the White House, and a few weeks later we had mail!
We received a package from the White House! Our “God Bless America” video was well received. Each child was given two packages of candy, signed by the President. That was very exciting. The letter reads:
Dear Aqua Room,
It was such a wonderful surprise to see the video of you singing patriotic songs for Memorial Day! You sounded fantastic and it made me so proud see you commemorate Memorial Day.
I showed your video to lots of people in the White House and they loved it!!
Hazel’s favorite aunt
What an experience for children to sing their favorite song for the White House, and then receive a thank you letter and a gift.
In a separate email to me, she said, “Thanks for teaching the kids about Memorial Day and recognizing those that gave us everything we have today!”
P.S. I told her the story of making the God Bless America quilt years ago, and how it came to go to the Intrepid Museum and then hang at the Fisher House in Boston. She knows Fisher Houses, and visited the one at Dover Air Force Base. That must have been a humbling experience.