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November 13, 2006, Herald Journal

‘The Star Spangled Banner’ can be tricky

By JEN BAKKEN

Senator Mark Dayton presented Delano Elementary School with an Award for Excellence in Education Nov. 9.

In preparation for this ceremony, second, third, and fourth grade elementary students in Julie Larson’s music class practiced singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America)” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The students were going to sing these two songs at the ceremony, therefore, it was important to not only sing well, but use the correct words. Julie said that students had a bit of confusion with a couple lines in the songs.

In “The Star Spangled Banner,” a few students were beginning the song with, “Jose, can you see,” instead of “Oh say, can you see.”

In the song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America),” instead of singing, “My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty,” some children were actually signing, “My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liver tea.”

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in you life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

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