Patriotism in Region 8

April 1, 2003
Posted at: 9:55 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. -- One Region 8 community has signs of patriotism in its name and image. Just north of Jonesboro is a small community that is growing into a patriotic place to learn and live.

Philadelphia Elementary School is a place where a child's academic routine is woven into lessons of patriotic pride. Young leaders, patriots and pioneers of tomorrow walk to class through a hall of state flags, and enjoy this piece of architectural Americana, a large capital rotunda style dome.

Pictures of America's first patriots and pioneers aren't just decoration, they are the schools mascots in north jonesboro. The elementary school, themed on our nations' beginnings is five years old.

Students here aren't just patriotic, they are also pretty smart. The school, according to standardized scores, is an excellent place to learn, especially after they earned the rank of the top scoring school in the county, and 6th in the state.

"We all want to be drawn together as a country and as a group of people," Principal Paul House said. House, a former colonel in the U.S. Army says his elementary kids learn at a library known as a place to find "Freedom Through Reading" and a special, flexible but accelerated curriculum.

Community-based behind patriotism and pride is growing, and principal house at Philadelphia Elementary says he's not only proud, he hopes they can have higher scores and even more pride for their country, community and school in the future.

House says the patriotic theme seems to help motivate students to learn more about american history and civic lessons. He also says the official setting seems to help their conduct. They act less like elementary students, and more like future leaders of their community and country.