On Thursday, December 5, 2019 five members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) addressed about 175 Fifth Grade Students at Taylor Middle School at 56 Cooper Avenue, Cleves, OH. We were hosted by teachers: Robin Hance, Julie Davey, Donna Fieler, Tricia Brogan, Brian Faust and Melanie Adams.
At 8 AM several school musicians including flutes, horns and drums joined the Cincinnati SAR presenters in Revolutionary War uniforms in the School Gymnasium for a rendition of Yankee Doodle and the National Anthem. Color guard Commander Michael Gunn introduced himself and the uniform he was wearing, then each of he other presenters: Jack Bredenfoerder, Gregg Ballman, Dan Schmitz and Ed Boniwell who initiated the contact with the school for Cincinnati SAR.
We then asked the 5th Grade student body if they had any questions before we met individually wit each if the six class units. With that information as a beginning we separated into classrooms where the students then rotated to acquire the five presentations. The students had very well thought out queries that helped the keep the information flow moving. Topics were:
- Artifacts of the Late 18th Century
- Yorktown Experience
- The life of the everyday Revolutionary War
- Interesting antidotes about the Revolutionary War
- Declaration of Independence & Constitution.