Flags Donated To Elementary School Classrooms

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Some elementary school classrooms didn't have American flags in them for students to recite the pledge of allegiance to each day.

Grand Lodge at the Preserve answered the Lincoln Public School District's plea for flags after the new state rule requiring all students to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

The senior living community donated the funds to buy flags for all of the district's elementary classrooms that didn't have one - a total of 145 flags.

The flags went up in schools this week. Elliott Elementary is one of the schools to receive dozens of flags.

On Thursday, several residents from Grand Lodge at the Preserve were present to hand deliver several flags and to recite the Pledge with students.

Some of the residents are also veterans of the U.S. Military.

Rudge Vifquain told 10/11 News that he hopes the children will learn about the history of the American flag and learn to appreciate the history that the flag and the military bring.

"It stands for an awful lot of sacrifice that an awful lot of people have made," said Vifquain.

He said that he hopes the children learn to appreciate what they have today because his generation of World War II veterans worked hard to make sure we have the freedoms we have today.

The first graders in Mrs. Stobbe's class thanks the residents for the flags and visited with them for a short time after morning school announcements.

Principal Mona Manley said before the donation, some students were forced to recite the Pledge to the wall or to exit signs that hung on walls.

"Students lead our pledge here so they take an important in role in that and having that flag just affirms their citizenship and so we're glad that they're here and appreciate that," said Principal Manley.

Some of the students that attend Elliott Elementary are children of parents that were born in other countries or cannot speak english.

While children are in school, some parents attend classes designed just for them, to learn the Pledge and to better develop their English language speaking skills or other skills their children are learning in their classrooms.

"Our students come from all over. There's many that grew up in Lincoln, many that grew up and were born in other countries and that are here with us, so they are proud to be in America and having that flag and that symbol that stands for our country," said Principal Manley.