The students, led by the elementary school's 5th and 6th grade Honor Choir, sang the National Anthem together to commemorate the 196th birthday of the song.
On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" after the Americans defeated a Brittish attack on Ft. McHenry. The entire school, Kindergarten through Sixth grade, has been learning the national anthem. Students have been practicing lyrics, learning the history of the song, and finding out more about the man who wrote the song. Music teacher Angie Ratcliffe started this project because she is concerned that many people do not know our National Anthem - "Singing our National Anthem is a great way to build citizenship and appreciation for our country in our students. This is one of the many benefits of a solid music education."
The school's Honor Choir, now in its second year, led the event. The choir is made up of students from the 5th & 6th grades. The choir performs many times through out the year. To see more pictures of the event and to find out more about the elementary music program at River Valley, visit the program's website MusicAtRiverValley.blogspot.com.