Youngsters steal the show

By Shannon Jenkins

Despite the presence of high-profile state officials at a dedication ceremony on Friday, a group of 4-year-olds garnered most of the attention.

About 13 students from Primrose School at Eagle's Landing in Stockbridge kicked off the official dedication of the National Archives and Record Administration Southeast Region in Morrow with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by their rendition of "Yankee Doodle."

The youngsters were among many invited guests, including Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas K. Harden and David Scott, Georgia's 13th District Representative to the United States Congress.

Cherry Thomas, owner of the private educational childcare and preschool, said it was "very heartwarming" to see the students lead the pledge.

"They didn't seem to be very stage shy at all," she said. "They performed very well. We're very proud of them."

Thomas said her students impressed several members of the crowd.

"Everyone kept asking how old they were," she said. "They couldn't believe they were only 4-years-old because they were so well behaved and they knew the Pledge of Allegiance so well."

Sarah, a student at Primrose, said she enjoyed the trip because her "daddy was there." Her favorite part of the ceremony was singing "Yankee Doodle."

Timia said she enjoyed saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Alex said he wasn't scared about performing in front of the crowd, and Will said he and his peers practiced a lot for their big day. Primrose regulations do not allow the release of students' last names to be published.

Thomas said the youngsters have been practicing since before July 4.

"They've worked really hard," she said.

The National Archives in Morrow serves as the new Southeast Regional headquarters and houses records concerning federal government policies and programs Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, which date from 1716 to the 1980s.