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New flags unfurled in CHS lecture rooms

CLINTON — As Memorial Day approaches, each Clinton Excessive Faculty classroom and the weightlifting room now show a nationwide flag bigger than 12 inches, due to CHS senior and Synergy member Benjamin Poland.

Final yr, the bigger flags that have been current in every room have been taken down as a result of they have been not in good situation. Then, in Could 2021, Iowa Home File 847 was signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds, which made recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance a requirement in faculties all through the state. Initially of the present college yr, every Clinton Excessive Faculty classroom was supplied with a small 12-inch flag for the scholars to face when making the Pledge of Allegiance.

Believing the show of full-sized flags would improve respect and appreciation for what the flag represents, Hillary Burken, a member of CHS’s Synergy program that strives to make constructive modifications throughout the group, acquired a big nationwide flag for the varsity’s library.

Poland wasn’t occupied with an incredible deal in Synergy on the time, so one of many facilitators of the group, Invoice Misiewicz, requested him if it will be attainable for him to get flags for all the lecture rooms as an alternative of solely the library.

New flags unfurled in CHS classrooms
Benjamin Poland smiles Friday on the conclusion of a Synergy venture to place a big flag in every Clinton Excessive Faculty classroom and the burden room for college students to face throughout the Pledge of Allegiance.

In late September, Poland started reaching out to ADM and Residents First Financial institution to get assist for the venture. Issues introduced themselves when ADM’s donation to the venture did not arrive on the right location. After a couple of tries, ADM in the end positioned the order for the flags.

The primary flag was positioned within the weightlifting room April 27. Every classroom thereafter was given a flag and hooks to hold them from, however Poland hung the ultimate two flags himself Friday. Within the firm of members of Develop Clinton, representatives from the venture’s donors and Synergy facilitators Philip Swanson and Misiewicz, Poland introduced flags to 2 lecture rooms to complete up the venture.The hanging of the flags was adopted by applause in every room for Poland, who smiled in gratitude.

“I’ve gotten plenty of constructive responses,” Poland stated. “Each single instructor was very joyful to lastly have a correct flag of their classroom to show.”

“I’m relieved that it’s finished, as a result of it’s been lots to deal with and sustain with, and it’s been happening for your complete college yr, so I’m relieved that it’s finished. I’m additionally very joyful to lastly see these flags hanging up in the highschool,” Poland stated.