“When we have freedom, should we help and give back?” Principal Franklin asked her students. “Yes!” replied the students. “I’m so excited that you guys are going to be our leaders,” stated Franklin. “I just hope that when I see you, that you’ll remember what we talked about today.”

After Principal Franklin’s remarks, the Spring Creek Freedom Assembly opened up a conversation about freedom and responsibility. Four students were chosen to speak in front of their peers and share what they learned.

“I want to talk about taking responsibility for actions,” stated a student. “It is important to accept consequences for what we say and do. One time I spilled pink lemonade in my living room and it stained the carpet. Instead of lying, I told my mom the truth. After that, I had to clean up my mess. At first I felt sad, but after I took responsibility, I felt better because I had done the right thing. It takes courage to take responsibility for our actions, but it is important to develop these qualities in life.”

Another student shared what she learned about the importance of laws. “Laws are important so you don’t get hurt or have any problems,” she said. “When me and my mom cross the crosswalk, we are safe, but if you don’t cross the street using the crosswalk, then you put yourself at risk by getting hit by a car because they might not see you. Just like the crosswalk, we have rules at school that keep us safe. Rules like: be kind, be safe and be responsible. Following these rules makes our school a better place to be.”

“Today I’m going to talk about respecting differences and similarities,” stated another student. “Just because you don’t agree with someone’s opinion, doesn’t mean you can’t show respect for them. Respecting others can have positive effects on people. When you don’t respect others, it makes it hard for them to be in school. Little everyday actions can make small and big differences for someone’s life. For example, one day my friends and I were discussing something together. One of my friends said she likes something different than the rest of us. We stood up for her and said it was ok for people to have different opinions. This helped us all feel more safe. We choose to say kind words to each other and it inspired us to be more respectful. Remember to respect people’s feelings. Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them.”

The last student ended with a message about the importance of democracy. “Today anyone can vote, say or do what they want. With this freedom, we can voice our opinions through the democratic process. Voting is an opportunity because in the days of kings and queens, people couldn’t choose their own leaders (they were chosen for them). It’s important to use your vote carefully, you must know which person would be the best to vote for and represent you. Our founding fathers fought for our freedom so we can be who we want to be and decide what we want to do.”

“If you never vote or express what is wrong, do things change?” Principal Franklin asked her students. “I believe you can make a difference. To me, your light shines bright.”

When the assembly started to close, the students lit up the gym with small lights and sang a song with passion-infused conviction. “We can be a light shining everywhere! All across America, showing people that we care. Oh, let your light so shine, helping others find their way. We can turn the darkest night into the brightest day!”

We are so grateful for our students! Their smiles, faces and talents are bright beacons of light in our schools. 

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