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Genesis students salute father of our country

Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 01:39 PM

"Repeal the Stamp Act" one sign hung on a tree declared. "Give Me Liberty" another sign exclaimed.

The father of our country would have stood proud alongside the hundreds of Genesis School students and spectators who celebrated George Washington Day on Friday.

An elaborate, four-act play served as a time machine that transported viewers to July 1776 for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Guests even signed a guest book with a quill pen.

All students from preschool to fifth grade wore period costumes at the school's east campus on Mitchell Ranch Road in the Trinity area.

Fourth-graders performed an original song, "13 Colonies."

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders portrayed the 56 delegates who explained why they signed the Declaration of Independence.

The play retold how delegates of the Continental Congress greeted Washington in Philadelphia. Washington then graciously accepted the post of general of the American army to fight as the colonies broke the bonds of Great Britain's rule.

Rick Lopez, a Genesis teacher, portrayed Washington.

Another scene switched to the army's encampment near Boston. Washington rallies his troops as commander-in-chief.

The third act depicted a colonial street in Philadelphia, as students demonstrated early American jobs, such as wigmakers. They toiled to launder clothes in primitive fashion. The students played colonial games.

The fourth act returns to Independence Hall. An actor portraying John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, introduces the Lee Resolution for discussion, before the document becomes known as the Declaration of Independence.

Guests walked past a replica of the Liberty Bell as George and Martha Washington invited them for a feast of cherry pie and ice cream.

Melissa Nurrenbrock, head of the Genesis school, gave special thanks to Mark Thompson, Craig Wozniak, Rob Jarrell, Mike Beam and Genesis teachers. (727) 815-1068


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