Kindergarten and first-grade students at Franklin Township Elementary School were given a lesson on the writing and purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of Walnutport VFW Auxiliary Post 7215 staged an assembly program during which they showed a video on the topic, had students recite the pledge, gave special awards for participation in the program, and handed out small flags, coloring books, and pencils.

Also taking part in the program was Mary Beth Dougherty, representing the office of Sen. David Argall.

The event was led by Karen Bandzi, president of the ladies auxiliary post and also the District 20 VFW President.

Assisting her was Pat Ohl, junior vice president of District 20.

The video depicted a classroom during which President Theodore Roosevelt returned to life to give a lesson on the importance of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Roosevelt character told how the flag symbolizes the freedom that Americans enjoy.

The line "and to the republic for which it stands" is a reference to our freedoms.

Students Mikhayl Conarty and Faith Ohl led their fellow students in the recitation of the Pledge.