KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | July 2012

Being American

Norma Mann teaches kindergarten through third grade at Calvary Adventist School in Newport News, Virginia. Ms. Mann’s class enjoys reading KidsView and were kind enough to share their work with us. In this issue they write about what it means to be an American.—Editors

Being an American means you have the freedom to be what you want to be. As an American I can vote for whomever I want to. I know that in other countries, some people cannot vote. I also have the freedom to practice any religion I choose to be a part of. I choose to be a Seventh-day Adventist. In our past history Black Americans did not always have the freedom to vote or worship with other Americans. Fortunately, we have civil rights leaders who fought and died for us to have equal rights. These civil rights allow us to vote and worship as we please.—Brandon, Grade 3

What it means to be an American is caring and understanding how someone feels and being thoughtful. Respect means treating others as you want to be treated. Being an American is fun because kids get to play with each other and go to the same schools. Fairness means taking turns and playing by the rules. Responsibility means doing what is expected of you.—Lia, Grade 2

To be an American means that I am free and that I have a place to live. I am in a country where I am free to worship the true God. Many people made it possible for us to have freedom in this country. I am thankful to live in a country where I can get an education in a church school and choose to be whatever I want to be.—Juliana, Grade 2

I have a place to live. I am in a country where I am free to worship the true God.

What it means to be an American is to have citizenship skills. These skills are being respectful, caring, being responsible, showing fairness, having courage, and being honest. We all are to respect the rights of others. You should care for others as you would like to be cared for. It is good to be a person who others can count on to do your job well. Fairness means to be reasonable and just, in all you do. Courage is the same as bravery or fearlessness of doing the right thing at the right time. And last but not least is honesty. That means a person is truthful and will not lie.—Lauryn, Grade 3

Being American means we can all go to the same schools. We are free to go to the same places to eat. We can wear the types of clothes we want. We can worship our God in America and we do not have to fear. We can have the same friends, even if they are black or white. —Elijah, Grade 1

It is great to be an American. I’m free to live in a house that is warm. I can worship God, I can live with my mom, my dad, my sister, my grandmother, my grandpa, my aunt, my uncles, and my cousins. I can visit my family in the summer. I go to a nice school and church. In some countries you do not have those things. So I like being free in America.—Shavon, Grade 2

What it means to be an American is that I need to be caring and responsible for my family and friends. I should be honest to other citizens. Also, it means that I am free to go to church, to go to any store and anywhere I like to go. I can drink from any water fountain, go to any park, any restroom, and any restaurant I want to visit.—Danial, Grade 3

To be an American means to be free to worship. There are some countries where people are not allowed to attend church. I am glad that in America we have the right to worship God anywhere we choose to. We have the right to choose and live the best life America has to offer, no matter who we are.—Kila, Grade 2

To be an American is to respect all people and animals in your community. You also need to be caring to the ones who care for you and your family. You have to be honest with your parents and take responsibility for your actions, good or bad. You need to be fair at games played with others. You need to show courage and take action for what you believe in.—Princess, Grade 1

Americans have choices that people in other countries don’t have.

To be an American means you have the right to go to different schools and eat at any restaurant you want to. You are free to wear all kinds of clothes and shoes. You can be friends with whomever you choose, even if their skin color is different. Americans have choices that people in other countries don’t have. This has not always been true for African-Americans like me. But it is now true that America is “the land of the free and the home of the brave” because countless Americans fought against slavery and inequality. I’m proud to be a free American.— Jabari, Grade 3

To be an American means that I am free. I am free to praise God. I am free to go to school and learn. I can use my passport to travel to different countries, such as Jamaica.—Jhamal, Grade 1

What it means to be an American is that we live in a country that is free. Our military keeps us safe. Our president and congress make laws for us to follow. We can all go to school together and not worry about the color of our skin. —Vincent, Grade 2