What can you do to help your school and community learn patriotism?

First, what is patriotism? Patriotism is loving and being loyal to your country and defending your country when called upon.

You can help your school learn patriotism by being respectful to yourself, school staff and student body. An example of having respect for yourself is taking pride in yourself by exercising and following a healthy diet. Keep that smile on your face and that bounce in your step. An example of being respectful to school staff is stopping and saying "Thank you" to a teacher. Let them know they're doing a great job! An example of being respectful to the student body is: say you see a kindergartener whom needs help with a door, stop and help them - don't just walk away. Also be supportive of your family and friends, your school and other people around you.

What you can do to help your community learn patriotism is supporting the troops that are in a different country by putting up signs if you do support the troops. Another thing is getting involved in community activities, such as fundraisers, beach clean ups, and volunteering at your local pet shelter. The Miss Loyalty program itself has opened my eyes as I hope it has opened your eyes and hearts as well.

Patriotism and pride go hand in hand. Taking pride in who you are and where you are from - wherever that is. Love your country, state and school. When the soldiers return from Iraq, go out of your way to shake their hand and say thank you for everything. They have put their lives on the line to guarantee our freedom. Have pride in the U.S.A., home of the free because of the brave. That is only the beginning of what you can do to help your school and community learn patriotism.

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