Standing along Norman Avenue last Friday, Marhnic bared the light rain and frigid spring weather with the hundreds of other parents to watch her children Nika and Jacov dance and perform with the students of Oliver H. Perry PS 34 during its annual Flag Day celebration.
“This is a very nice experience, learning how the whole nation is celebrating this,” she said. “We feel like we have become part of this nation, something that is missing in our country.”
Students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade performed dance routines and sang for their parents and teachers, a program they have worked on over the last several weeks.
Principal Carmen Asselta led the ceremonies in her first Flag Day celebration. Standing alongside her were special guests Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, veterans from the American Legion Post 1771 and the former principal and now District 14 superintendent Alicja Winnicki.
“I know how much work went into preparing the children, so thank you teachers, parents and students for supporting the principal and for carrying on this tradition,” Winnicki told the hundreds gathered in front of the school.
Councilman Stephen Levin also joined the ceremony to support the students in this annual celebration.
“This is what the United States is all about, to be proud of your country, to be proud of where you’re from, to be proud of your neighborhood and your community,” Levin said. “This is what PS 34 proves time and time again; that we can come together every single year and show our pride for our community.”