DAR honors students' book on flag

May 06, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

Eight boys from a tiny Jewish Orthodox school in Pikesville received certificates, praise and a red-white-and-blue cake yesterday for winning this year's national Daughters of the American Revolution patriotism award.

It was the first time the Baltimore chapter of the DAR has had a national winner.

The youngsters from P'Tach, a school for children with learning disabilities at the Talmudical Academy on Old Court Road, submitted "Respect Our Flag," a book of drawings that illustrate flag etiquette. It won state, regional and national competitions.

"The book is very artistic and very well thought out," said June Plitt, who represented the Baltimore chapter of the DAR at an awards ceremony at the school.

Mrs. Plitt gave certificates to each of the boys and their teacher, Susan Allen, and assistant teacher, Miriam Loeb. She also had a $20 check for the class.

Noah Goliger, 12, one of the book's creators, said he was "shocked and surprised and happy" when he heard about the award. "All of us made our own pictures of how to respect the flag, and then we put them together," he said.

On one page, for instance, were two pictures illustrating that the flag should not be flown at night. The first one showed a flag at night, drawn over with black crayon. Through that picture was a large "X." Below it was a picture showing how the flag should be flown: a flag waving in a circle of yellow light.

Another page warned that other flags should not be flown above the American flag. This rule was illustrated by two flag poles -- one with the flags flying properly and another with the American flag below another flag. Through that was an "X."

Hinda Goliger, Noah's mother, said she was "very, very, very proud" of the class. "It's wonderful to be part of something today that recognizes that these boys are so worthy of this award," she said.

The other boys in the group were: Eliezer Siegel, Levi Lowenstein, Eli Lefkowitz, Tsadok Lewis, Zecharia Kuritsky, Yoel Godley-Davis and Yaakov Sitrin.

Ms. Allen said she decided to have the boys enter the competition after seeing it advertised in a newspaper. "I didn't know it was the DAR" at first, she said. "Everybody wanted to do it. I told them it's nice that you entered; don't expect to win."

However, Ms. Allen said this project was representative of how hard the boys had worked "on everything they have done this year."

The boys make up a class of 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds at the school, which has about 50 students ages 7 to 17. "P'Tach" is a Hebrew word meaning "to open." When the school started nearly 15 years ago, it gave Jewish boys with special needs the opportunity for a religious education, said Pam Lehmann, the school's administrative director.

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