Boyertown will now be the first School District in Pennsylvania to post the Bill Of Rights at the front of every classroom in both of our Middle Schools (Junior High) and our High School.
We will also be ensuring every classroom has an American Flag that is not just a wall ornament, but an obvious priority and focal point in every classroom.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation officially declaring every June 14th as Flag Day. On June 14th 1937 Pennsylvania became the first state to declare June 14th Flag Day as a state holiday.
To be an American is a privilege and honor; to bear the name of American is to bear the most honorable of national titles; and whoever does not believe this, has no business to bear the name at all. Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose. Minimizing American exceptionalism by downsizing our patriotism dislocates the soul and corrodes away the American spirit.
It is not just for today, but for the time to come, perpetuating for our children’s children this great symbol of a free government that we have enjoyed our entire lives.
Ronald Reagan once described comments from a Cuban Refugee;
This Cuban businessman, who had escaped from Castro, was describing his story and a friend of Reagan interrupted and stated “as Americans, we sometimes don’t know how fortunate we are;” The Cuban stopped and said, “How fortunate you are? How about me, I had someplace to escape to.”
If America loses freedom, there’s no place on earth to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.
Both Freedom and Liberty are not automatically passed to the next generation. They are not pre-installed in our hearts, its not like a software program pre-loaded into a new computer. Freedom and Liberty must be added to the programming and learned by each generation.
The motions and votes went this way:
I motioned the School Board on Tuesday June 14th to give Administration direction to come up with a plan in time for a vote at our July Board Meeting, to identify and replace the “min-flags” (about 9″inchesX14″inches) in many of our class rooms with a standard 2’X3′ or 3’X5′ American Flag. These new flags will be mounted at the front of every classroom in our School District.
The vote was unanimous.
I motioned to give Administration direction to come up with a plan in time for a vote at our July Board Meeting, to post the Bill-Of-Rights on an 11″X18″ card stock paper or something of similar size, and put it on the wall at the front of every classroom in our Middle School and our High School along side our new American Flag.