Elementary Students Welcome New Citizens

Oct 11, 2012

Angus Valley Elementary in Sand Springs temporarily became a Federal courtroom Wednesday as U.S. judges granted citizenship to 36 individuals in the final stage of naturalization.

The students participated in the event: the fourth grade choir performed a rendition of "America" and fourth and fifth graders led an interpretive Pledge of Allegiance. 

U.S. District Court Judge Claire V. Eagan said the practice of bringing naturalization proceedings to elementary schools allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of the process of becoming a citizen.

The new citizens represent 15 different nations.

Click above to listen to our story, and to hear from some of the new citizens.