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What does it mean to be an American? (Scholastic News)

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To be an American to me means that I am free. That when I grow up I can pick the job I want, what shift to work. And to have a good education. It means that I can say "The Pledge of Allegiance" and that I can vote for the President, my county clerk, and the Mayor. But to me it means most of all to be free and to be proud that I live in the United States of America here in Wisconsin. Ashley M., 10, Wisconsin

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Raelee Dowden (Sep 14 2018 10:45AM) : It is great that we get to pick our own job. It is great that all jobs are open to us. If it was not up to us to pick our jobs we would not be happy unless we were lucky enough to get the job we wanted. It is great that we are
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It means that you are free. It also means you can vote for who you want to. Hannah K., 10, Wisconsin

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Raelee Dowden (Sep 14 2018 10:47AM) : Freedom is great. If we didn't have freedom there could be revolts and nothing would be the same. [Edited]
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Taylor Nelson (Sep 16 2018 7:22PM) : America is a very unique country. Politics are such an important part of our daily live.
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I think it's cool being an American because we are free. The Pledge stands for everything. Alex K., 10, Wisconsin

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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 14 2018 10:37AM) : being free is not the only thing us americans are. we stand for liberty and rise to the flag.
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I think it means to be free. I wouldn't want to be from any other country. Cheyenne L., 10, Wisconsin

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It is great to be an American. We get to play sports and eat lots of food. We get lots of toys, all because we are free — the best thing of all. Austin B., 11, Wisconsin

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Dr. Zach Fauth (Sep 13 2018 5:26PM) : Being free is not all about sports, food, and toys, it is more about being able to sit in our houses knowing that we are free and don't have to worry about having people barging through our doors demanding us to give them money and our house. [Edited] more
We can sit in our houses knowing that we are safe because of the men and women in our armed forces. They are they ones that need to be thanked not the football players that knee to support other beliefs. When you see any body that has served or is serving thank them for your freedom.
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Mrs. Nikki Taylor (Sep 25 2018 3:43PM) : much better
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Madam Mandy Fuhrmann (Sep 14 2018 10:41AM) : To be an American means we have rights and we should follow the laws. Being an American means people fought for our country to have the freedom we have now today. The Pledge of Allegiance is a pledge we take to honor our country. To be an American is [Edited] more

a privilege to live in a country thats free. To live in country where the flag flies high in honor of the fallen soldiers.

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Taylor Nelson (Sep 16 2018 7:28PM) : Playing sports, eating lots of food, and playing with toys are some of the privileges we as Americans get to experience daily. But that doesn't define why we are free. We are free because we fought for our freedom, for our religion, and for our happiness.
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Being an American to me is being free. It also means to be fair. Kaitlyn T., 10, Wisconsin

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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 13 2018 5:32PM) : Fariness [Edited] more

i believe that this is not true there is Americans that are not fair like anybody else.

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Mrs. Nikki Taylor (Sep 25 2018 3:43PM) : why expand comment
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Taylor Nelson (Sep 16 2018 7:32PM) : I wish I could agree with this statement. Many Americans believe they are entitled to many things. They don't realize that things can't be handed to them. Some may think this isn't fair, but the founders of our country worked hard and fought.
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Mrs. Nikki Taylor (Sep 25 2018 3:43PM) : very true
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Dr. Zach Fauth (Sep 13 2018 5:28PM) : i don't agree with the being fair part. If Americans were fair we would be giving jobs that need high qualifications to people that didn't go to college for the job.

Being an American is about being free and loyal. It's about having freedom of religion, rights, and justice. It's also about being about yourself. Sarah K., 10, Wisconsin

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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:32PM) : I agree, Americans should be loyal to our country. And our rights and freedoms are unparalleled in the world.
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To be an American for me means freedom and justice. I also think being an American is a big responsibility. Neil C., 10, Wisconsin

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Raelee Dowden (Sep 14 2018 10:52AM) : Responsibility for your actions is huge if something is wrong everyone knows it.
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Mrs. Nikki Taylor (Sep 25 2018 3:44PM) : what do you mean by this?
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Being an American means that we are all treated equally no matter what color skin you have, and it doesn't matter what culture you are from. If you are an American you are mighty lucky because you will be free forever. Cody S., 10, Wisconsin

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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 13 2018 5:32PM) : Agreed [Edited] more

i agree that we should treat everyone equally no matter the skin color or the religion of that person.

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Dr. Zach Fauth (Sep 13 2018 5:34PM) : This is true we shouldn't care what skin color you are our race. If you are American and have gotten sworn in as an American we should not fight with each other. We should be more worried about fighting other countries to bring freedom into their country.
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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:36PM) : America is an unique country because of the fact that we are mixed. We are "The Great Melting Pot". All of our peoples are united under one flag and one cause.
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I think that America is a great country and the First Amendment says it all. Kane B., 10, Alabama

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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 14 2018 10:39AM) : not only does the first amendment give our country greatness. all our amendments make America Great.
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To be an American means you have the right and freedom to do what you want. It is great to be an American. Whitley S., 11, Alabama

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When I think about September 11, 2001, I walk up and down my neighborhood waving an American flag. On September 11, 2002, I will wear an American shirt to school. Matt L., 12, Alabama

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Raelee Dowden (Sep 14 2018 10:54AM) : If wearing a flag on your shirt is how you show your love for your country than that is okay. I show my love by being thankful for everything that I have now.
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To be an American is great, because I have freedom of speech; I can go to school to get an education; I have a great family; and you can go where- ever you want to. Ciara W., 10, Alabama

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Taylor Nelson (Sep 16 2018 7:36PM) : These are the things that make America one of the greatest countries in the world. We have many great opportunities that other countries don't experience. more
Having this freedom to learn and believe what you believe is why we fought so hard for independence.
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To me being an American means to be free. America is very special to me and my family. I would give anything for my country! Sarah B., 11, Alabama

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It means being special. Everyone is different and has a different personality. So you can be Italian, Mexican, or Irish, and still be an American. So be yourself. Rachel P., 10, Alabama

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I think being an American is having freedom, the Bill of Rights, and just one person can make a difference in America. Jillian D., 10, Alabama

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I love AMERICA because I have so many rights!! I love having freedom of speech, the freedom of voting, and the freedom of being your own individual. I love being able to have your own religious beliefs. I like that we have a democracy. I love being an American for these reasons and more!!!!!!!!!!! Krista G., 10, Alabama

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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 14 2018 10:42AM) : Freedom of speech is what i belive to be one of our greatest freedoms. to be able to say what ever you want to any one is the most empowering thing in the USA
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I think it means to support your family, community, and your state. And you could help your school by picking up trash and different things. Justin B., 10, Alabama

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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:39PM) : Community service is definetely one way to show support for our country. Americans should support each other and their communities. This way we are more united.
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I think that it means to support your community by doing things for it. You could join a trash pickup. You could donate money to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and many other things. You could join Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and do things with them. But the most important thing is to allow freedom, meaning that people should allow other cultures and religions to be with your own culture. Eugene D., 10, Alabama

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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:51PM) : America is so great because of that very reason. Think of it like this: would you like to have one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life or many? Or would you like to experience the best of every flavor? Our country is a complete mix of the best.
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Being an American to me means many things like being able to speak your mind; attend the church you want to attend; celebrate the holidays you want to celebrate; and be a slave to no one. September 11 has proved that all the above are true here in America, and we should all be very thankful to be Americans. Peace! Sarai B., 11, Oregon

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To be an American means more than good restaurants, burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets. It means to have faith and to have trust in every American around you. It doesn't matter what color you are. You are an American. It doesn't matter what you wear. What it means to be an American is more than what you think...because I will live my life ...my way. GOD BLESS THE U.S! Nilam V., 10, South Carolina

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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:57PM) : That is exactly right, except God has already blessed the U.S. In America we can choose what and who we want to be. We aren't born into a job, we choose. This right is often taken for granted. Many people don't have this , what seems to us, basic right.
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Dr. Damian Cable (Sep 13 2018 5:34PM) : yes [Edited] more

this is true but all of those other things make america pretty good. i like to go out to restaurants and things but the main reason to love america is all of the freedoms we get here.

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Raelee Dowden (Sep 14 2018 10:50AM) : Being an American is defiantly more than good food. It is about what you are. It is about freedom and what you believe in. It is more than just what one person believes it is about everyone.
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To be an American. Many take this phrase too lightly others, too strict. Being an American does not mean that you go to baseball games and eat hot dogs, but to live your life out to the fullest, not just waving around a flag every day. Being an American is to help another, whether it be Polish or Chinese or Afghan or Muslim. Being an American means helping your sworn enemy, even if you do not wish, but you shall help with dignity and pride. Being American means that you capture the true essence of every being, from the simplest little flower to the most-beautiful person in the world. Being American means to be united as one, under whatever deity you worship, and to be able to depend, rely, and give hope to each other. Because being American does not just mean living in America, every person has a part of being an American in them, deep inside, embedded, until they wish to release that piece, and share it with the world. That is what a true American is. Jonathan B., 12, Hawaii

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Sir Cole Taylor (Sep 13 2018 11:46PM) : If your beliefs are worth believing than you should not have fierce diversity. No matter your race or your origin, you are an American. This should take precedence over any previous alleged loyalties. To be an American is too overcome differences. [Edited]
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To be an American is the greatest thing in the world. We have freedom and liberty. We also have a very diverse country which means we are stronger because we have to learn all the different ways of living. I am very lucky to be an American. Morgan A., 11, Kentucky

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Dr. Zach Fauth (Sep 13 2018 5:24PM) : I agree with this. since Americans have a diverse country we know how the other cultures work. This would help us go over to other countries to help there people.
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