TRINITY — Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! One and all!
So proclaimed the town crier who launched the George Washington Day festivities at Genesis School East Campus.
Many schools have drifted away from celebrating the birthday of America’s first president, Missy Nurrenbrock said as head of Genesis Schools. But the local students wanted to pay proper respect to the father of our country.
The ceremony dedicated a copy of a portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale that will hang in the schoolhouse.
Hundreds of students and spectators recited the Pledge of Allegiance before the American flag that came from Mount Vernon, Washington’s home in Virginia.
A student choir sang a spirited, full version of “Yankee Doodle,” complete with the third stanza that referenced Washington as commander-in-chief of troops in the Revolutionary War.
They also sang a humorous ditty about the three-cornered hats popular during Washington’s era.
The crowd then saw students posed stock-still to mimic famous paintings of Washington, including the famous oil painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” by Emmanuel Leutze.
Student actors populated the mockup of a colonial town and Washington’s encampment at Yorktown to give visitors tidbits of Colonial history. The pupils also demonstrated early American trades, cuisine, games, arts and crafts.
Many elected leaders visited the elaborate production, including Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, Tax Collector Mike Fasano, State Rep. Amanda Murphy, Commissioners Jack Mariano and Henry Wilson, and many others.
Students and spectators concluded the event by singing “God Bless America” and partaking of dessert of cherry pie with ice cream.