“My kids have been practicing a whole lot,” said mom Cecelia Zandbergen.
It was the world premiere of "Four Score" by the kids at Lincoln Elementary, and they were about to bring down the house.
“Shout! Be the battle of freedom,” cheered the kindergarteners.
“Whoa. Imagine!” shouted the first- and second-graders.
“I think it's good for us to learn. It's a part of our history,” said mom Maria Simbahon.
“We are not property! The people. Human beings like you. Dream on! No citizen in America will listen to such nonsense! Rubbish. Not true!” said the third- through fifth-graders, rallying back and forth in a war of words.
For 30 minutes straight they performed poetic.
Call it a mini-masterpiece, created by award-winning playwright Michael Cowell, recruited through a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation.
“When kids are having fun, they're saying the words, they're doing the words, and they're recreating it, they tend to remember a lot more,” said Cowell.
And remember they will. Listen as fourth-grader Joanne Wong turns a 150-year-old speech, into a message she can relate to:
“What do you think you learned about his message that was important?” asked KITV reporter Lara Yamada.
“That all men are created equal and no one should be pushed around and bullied in this school,” said Wong.
One hundred and fifty years after yesterday, it is still changing young minds today.
“One nation, indivisible,” said the entire school performance, “with liberty and justice for all.”