Kindergarten students at Peters Elementary School recently learned a very valuable lesson: How to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The exercise was part of an assembly held in the school gymnasium conducted by Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, which worked along with the American Legion Post 16 of Slatington.

Bandzi, who also serves as president of District 20, was accompanied by state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton); Richard Sosoka, a retired Sgt. Major from the U.S. Army; Simon Bandzi, Jr., a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran; and Anthony Gnas, a retired Navy veteran.

Paul Leonzi, assistant principal, welcomed those in attendance.

Bandzi said this marked the 10th year that the group visited area schools to give presentations about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, and how to respect and display the flag.

As part of the assembly, pupils were treated to an informative video featuring President Theodore Roosevelt.

Later on, Bandzi picked two boys and two girls to lead them all in saying the Pledge.

Afterward, each child received a certificate that they attended the assembly, a small American flag, pencil, a brochure that gives a brief history of the flag and how to display and care for it, and two coloring books, one from Harhart's office and one from state Sen. David Argall's (R-29) office.

Bandzi said the program is important for students, "because it teaches them the proper way to say the pledge, and proper etiquette toward the flag."