Begin each gathering with the Pledge of Allegiance. But on the first day, recite the pledge for the class and give a definition for each word. This was taken from a skit done by Red Skelton. You can search for the “Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton” and find several renditions of his presentation or try this link also HERE.
I –– Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge — Dedicate all of my worldly good to give without self-pity.
Allegiance — My love and my devotion.
To the Flag — Our standard. “Old Glory”; a symbol of Freedom. And
wherever she waves, there is respect, because your loyalty has given
her a dignity that shouts “Freedom is everybody’s job.”
of the United — That means we have all come together.
States of America — Individual communities that have united into 48 great states;
48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided
by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that’s love
of country, of America. (Why we are named America)
And to the Republic — A Republic: a sovereign state in which power
is invested into the representatives chosen by the people to govern; and
the government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders,
not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation — Meaning “so blessed by God.”
Indivisible — Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty — Which is freedom; the right of power for one to live
his own life without fears, threats, or any sort of retaliation.
And Justice — The principle and qualities of dealing fairly with
For All — For All. That means, boys and girls, it’s as much your
country as it is mine.
Now let your group recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance
to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands:
one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.