Elementary students from Westwood Bales campus were in Galveston to welcome the new year in a special way. On the first day of January, Galveston County elected officials had a swearing in ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Galveston County Justice Center in Galveston. The elementary group were part of the agenda.
All students of Jennifer Quigley, the young group recited the Preamble to the Constitution for those at the event.
Students participating included Riley Brown, Chase Chapman, Anna Henry,
Asher Hopkins, Harper Hopkins, Allie Keener, Cooper Lynn, Charles Pitts, Brendon Romell, Savannah Salinas, Ben Seifert, Beth Seifert, Pearl Senter, Fletcher Weston, Logan Wiederhold, and Madison Wood.
“It was so cool and the kids were amazing. I think this is something the kids will always remember,” Quigley said.
An invitation to be part of the program came from State District Judge (212th District Court) Patricia Grady at a Friendswood Prayer Breakfast in November. Two elementary children from Westwood Bales were there and recited the Preamble for the group. Grady issued an invitation for them to be part of the swearing in ceremony in January.
Former Westwood Bales teacher Margaret Limmer organized the trip for the elementary children.
The following elected positions were sworn in at the ceremony: County Judge Mark Henry, State District Judges John Ellisor, Patricia Grady and Anne B. Darring; District Attorney Jack Roady; Judges County Courts of Law John Grady, Barbara E. Roberts, and Jack Ewing; Judge Probate Court Kim Sullivan; District Clerk John D. Kinard; County Clerk Dwight D. Sullivan; County Treasurer Kevin C. Walsh; County Commissioners Joe Giusti and Ken Clark and Justices of the Peace Allison Cox, Jim Schweitzer and Penny L. Pope.
“We are proud of our students who started the new year in a very patriotic way, sharing and reminding those at the ceremony the words of our nation’s Preamble,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said.
The Preamble to the Constitution explains the purpose of the Constitution and reflects the Founders’ goals for the creation of their new government. The Preamble explains what the new government would provide its people.