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Young students get to know Cleveland

Tom Rowland Cleveland Mayor
Posted 10/12/17

Some sixth-graders from Ocoee Middle School took a walking tour last week of historic downtown Cleveland. They started at the Monument Building at Broad and Ocoee streets and stopped at various …

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Young students get to know Cleveland

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Some sixth-graders from Ocoee Middle School took a walking tour last week of historic downtown Cleveland. 

They started at the Monument Building at Broad and Ocoee streets and stopped at various churches and historic buildings on their morning walk all the way, ending at the Museum Center at Five Points. They learned many stories about people and places in their “City With Spirit.”

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and I met the group at the bandstand located on the front lawn of the Bradley County Courthouse as their tour came to an end. We both felt it was a special treat for us to be able to spend a few minutes with these curious and enthusiastic youngsters. 

The students were also courteous and good listeners. Their questions and comments showed they had been paying attention to their guides and to us.

There was another group of young people touring their city that same day. The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership group toured local sites from Red Clay State Historical Park to downtown. 

Along the way, they learned about local history, government and service organizations. For these high school students, it was the start of their 2017-18 Youth Leadership experience.

It's great to see our young people getting to know more about their community. These young citizens and future leaders are already learning that they live in a special place.

These tours are just two of many examples of how our schools and community reach out to include the youth.

Just a few weeks ago I took part in Star Spangled Banner Day at Blythe-Bower Elementary School. It's a visit I look forward to each year. 

The students and I share the story of Francis Scott Key and the writing of our nation's national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." The students learn that their national anthem is not just a piece of music, and that our flag is not just a piece of fabric. They represent the sacrifice and courage of the men and women who serve, or have served, in our armed forces and our emergency services to protect us. And they represent the hard work of their parents, grandparents and great grandparents who helped build this nation. 

I salute Blythe-Bower for making these studies an important part of students’ learning our nation’s history, its flag and significance of the national anthem.

There are many other examples in this great community of how all our schools, churches, civic groups and local agencies reach out to our young. 

We are helping mold our future leaders and it is well worth the time invested in our young people today.

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