VFW Post donates classroom flags
Classrooms at Bryant Junior High School, which opened this school year, have American flags thanks to a recent donation from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
The school received 200 classroom flags, as well as four large flags.
After being asked about the flags, state Rep. Lanny Fite reached out to VFW Post 2256.
Fite said it was important for students to have American flags on the first day of school so they could say the Pledge of Allegiance.
This is the first time the post has made this type of donation to a school, according to Commander Steven Thompson.
Principal Jason Hay commended the post, saying “The history of our nation will be reflected in each of our classrooms thanks to the generous donation of the VFW. We are proud to teach our eighth and ninth-graders about civic pride and duty from those who proudly served our country.”
The flags given to the school were left over from the more than 2,000 flags the post purchased to place on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. On the holiday, veterans and other volunteers visited several cemeteries across Saline County, Thompson said.
“It’s important to do anything we can for the community,” he added.
Along with assisting and supporting veterans and their families, members of the post participate in several community outreach events, Thompson added.
He noted that the post, located at 5323 Sleepy Village Rd., is open to anyone. A person does not have to be a veteran to visit.