Local students win Loyalty Day awards
Students from Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, St. Henry's Catholic School and St. Paul's Lutheran School - 138 students in all - participated in a spring Loyalty Day Contest.
The contest was sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4020 in Perham.
Kindergarteners through second graders colored a picture of the American flag for the contest. Grades three and four wrote poems about the flag and grades five and six wrote odes about the flag.
The local winners were Heart of the Lakes first grader Kassadi Hostrop, who won an American flag and stickers; and St. Paul's fifth grader Dixie Carow, who won an American flag and puzzle.
Carow's winning ode follows:
THE ODE ABOUT THE FLAG
The colors of our flag are red, white and blue
My grandma said, "What does it mean to you?"
"I don't know," was my reply.
I really don't, plus I didn't want to lie.
Gram said the thirteen stripes of red and white
Represent the 13 colonies that started the fight.
The field of blue means Justice for you
The red means stick-to-it-ness and pride
The white means innocence is on your side
There's 50 stars for you to see
One for each state, that's the key
Thanks Gram for teaching me.