On Friday, November 6th the Acadia Team and its teachers were honored to host a ceremony for 31 people wanting to become United States citizens. The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services along with Dan Holman, Sue Caron and Cindy Beane planned for a wonderful morning where 31 people from 19 different nations took the Oath of Allegiance in our middle school as part of a unit of study where Acadia students have studied Immigration, Maine History, and Genetics.
Students took part in every aspect of the day, from greeting guests as they arrived, singing the National Anthem and This Land is Your Land, leading the Pledge of Allegiance, interviewing and questioning the new citizens, and baking & serving at a reception that followed.
We were joined by many family members, parents, and also our Principal, Cathy Jacobs and Senator Tom Saviello. Mrs. Jacobs delivered welcoming remarks as did Mr. Holman. Mr. Saviello addressed the newest citizens encouraging them to become informed and vote, to share in the democratic process.
Students knew that this had been a long and rigorous process for these candidates who took the oath that day. What they didn’t realize was the significance of the stories behind the people, the situations that brought these individuals here to this country. Our students even took the test of citizenship – and struggled with it, it’s much harder than you think. This was an emotional, learning day that we all have grown from. It is a day that none of us will forget.
Here are some photos from the day: