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Patriotic Sing July 3 2020 FINAL

Thank you for your participation in the Freedom Fest 2020 Patriotic Sing


See you next year!!


In 1989, two Morgan Hill residents, Dr. Ronald Mackley and Hal Hendrickson, decided to return to that tradition. The Sing returned, as a way to teach the treasured songs of our country to our community’s children. And, on its return, the Sing was held on the eve of the 4th of July and continues so today.

Soon the chorus members knew the words to our traditional songs and once again, the Sing reinvented itself.  During the past several years, the Sing has become a way for our community’s children to understand and honor the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces members.  Over the past thirty, I have had the gift of watching the evolution of the Sing.  We now have second-generation chorus members!

In 2015, the Sing changed once again. We moved our performance to the   Morgan Hill Community Cultural Center Amphitheater. Families and friends enjoyed our new venue. It was the perfect place to celebrate a home-town 4th of July. This year, we will return to the CCC on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 6 p.m.


Members of our chorus participate in various community service projects.  At each rehearsal, children are encouraged to bring items to be donated to our deployed soldiers.

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Local children are invited to join our chorus, there are no fees involved. Freedom Fest’s children’s activities cost over $3,000 annually.
We welcome all financial support.


This year’s Freedom Fest Theme, American Women have accomplished so much in the last century.

“If you could write a thank you note to an American woman, who would it be? Why”

Essays should be no longer than one page in length for students in Grades 2 and 3, and no longer than two pages in length for students in Grades 4 and 5.  Students should place their name, school, grade level, and teacher’s name on the back of their essay.


Essays are due Thursday, April 23th


Classroom teachers should collect the essays on Thursday, April 23th, and deliver them to the school office where they will be collected on Friday, April 24th. Essays may also be turned in at Booksmart by Friday, April 24th.


1st Prize Winners in Primary and Upper Grades win $100

2nd and 3rd Prize Winners in Primary and Upper Grades win $50

All six winners will receive trophies, T-shirts, and will be Guests of Honor as they ride on a fire truck in Morgan Hill’s 4th of July Parade!

Winning essays will be published in Freedom Fest’s 4th of July Program of Events.

Thanking You!

Each child who wrote an essay received a ribbon for his/her efforts.  Our winners receive cash, T-shirts, and trophies.  They are our “Guests of Honor” at this year’s Patriotic Sing to be held July 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Amphitheater (Dunne and Monterey).  Be watching for them on the antique Fire Truck in our Freedom Fest 4th of July Parade.

And, now, please take a minute to read our winning essays.

2020 Winners

Grand Prize

Abby Wilcox

3rd Grader at Jackson Academy of Math and Music

Teacher – Ms. Schenkelberg

2nd Prize

Emma Killough

3rd Grade, Nordstrom School, Mrs. Lefevre

3rd Prize

Liam Leyva

3rd Grade – Barrett Elementary School

Mrs. Jennifer Klem-Myers

Honorable Mention
Primary Division

Myla Mead


3rd Grade – Barrett Elementary School, Mrs. Myers

Grand Prize
Upper Grades

Tessa Landers

5th Grade, El Toro Elementary, Mrs. Golubok


2nd Prize
Upper Grades

Samantha Childers

4th Grade, Charter School of Morgan Hill, Mrs. Crispin

3rd Prize Upper Grades

Alana Verador

4th Grade – El Toro Elementary, Mrs. Medaxian

Honorable Mention Upper Grades

Emerson Lamar


4th Grade, Charter School of Morgan Hill, Mrs. Crispin


The Patriotic Sing will be returning to the Morgan Hill Amphitheater for our July 3rd program.  We would like to have any soldiers who have recently returned from deployment during the past year be our Guests of Honor.  Of course, we can’t wait to reunite with our South Bay Blue Star Moms and members of our Armed Forces as we honor those who serve. Please fill out the form below.