Medina students learn to sign the 'Pledge of Allegiance'

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MEDINA, N.D. - One way to show our patriotism for America is putting our hands over our hearts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

That custom goes hand-in-hand with a new tradition students are practicing at a school in Medina, North Dakota.

Jessica Schlecht's 5th grade students are some of the most patriotic children in America.

Every morning, the 13 kids in her class put their hands in motion and pay homage to their country.

"It's new and it's different and so they were like, 'wow, we get to do this, that is so cool,'" said Schlecht.

It took two weeks before Lucas Lytle had the new routine in hand.

"Once you get the hang of it, it's not that hard," said Lytle, 5th grade.

Mrs. Schlecht says signing the Pledge of Allegiance helps teach students the true meaning of the words in the oath.

"One Nation, under God, indivisible, so we're all together, and this is a chain and so we're all stuck together, so it can't break apart," said Madilyn Schlecht, 7th grade.

Madilyn learned to sign the pledge in a couple of weeks and then went onto earn "The Great American Award."

To receive the designation, petite patriots are required to recite the Gettysburg Address, name the 45 presidents, identify all 50 states and capitals, sing the Star Spangles Banner and recite the Preamble to the Constitution.

"It's difficult,"said Destiny Opp, 5th grade.

Destiny Opp hopes to become the 10th student who has successfully completed the program. Then she, too, will be proudly pictured behind the teacher's desk.

Destiny has made three attempts to earn the honor, and pledges not to quit until she secures the blessings of completing the curriculum.

In the meantime, these sons and daughters of liberty will continue to enhance their understanding of what it means to be an American by signing The Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day.

Mrs. Schlecht comes from a community that knows sign language, she isn't fluent, but knows enough words to teach her students the Pledge of Allegiance