TRAPPE – South Elementary School students waved American flags, sang patriotic songs and learned about what it means to be a citizen during a special surprise ceremony on Jan. 30 held to honor Lety Ojesto, a teaching assistant who was recently granted U.S. citizenship.
Ms. Ojesto, who was presented with flags and flowers, was moved by the celebration. She said that South Elementary School has become her “family” in the United States after she left Mexico. During the ceremony, students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, student Victoria Keenan read a summary of citizenship, children sang “Proud to Be an American,” and then showed their patriotic spirit by chanting “USA” at the end.
The faculty and administration at South were excited to share her story with students, many of whom have never before had the opportunity to learn about the perspective of someone who recently immigrated to America. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, over the last decade, more than 6.6 million people became naturalized citizens. In 2013, 503,104 individuals were naturalized.
“We hope this celebration helped students think about their own citizenship and what it means to them,” Principal Dr. Michelle Cinciripino said.
South Elementary School is located at 200 E. Third Ave. in Trappe.