Oct 18, 2012

The Oath of Allegiance

Orange County Public School partnered with Lou Frey Institute’s Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Citizenship Counts to create an experiential learning opportunity for students to educate them about the naturalization process and give them a unique opportunity to participate in an authentic naturalization ceremony.  More than 350 students from Carver, Discovery, and Lee middle schools attended and witnessed a naturalization ceremony and Edgewater High School. Nearly 100 Edgewater High School students also attended.
Fifty individuals from 23 different countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens during the special ceremony. Former Congressman Frey spoke about the value of American citizenship, what America means to him, and the importance of giving back to the community. Over the last 10 years, the institute has received national and international recognition for its efforts promoting the development of enlightened, responsible, and actively-engaged citizens. Ruth Dorochoff, the District Director of USCIS District 10, administered the Oath of Allegiance.
The Citizenship Counts lesson plans educate today’s youth about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the United States and encourage them to appreciate and celebrate diversity in their classroom and community. The program inspires students by providing an opportunity to participate in the democratic process while building a better understanding of the value and responsibilities of citizenship. Their studies culminate with students assisting with an official naturalization ceremony, the important moment when foreign nationals pledge allegiance to this country and take on all of the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.