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TAYLORVILLE — Sixth grade students in Mrs. Schaeffer’s class at St. Mary School in Taylorville learned about flag etiquette from members of VFW #4495 and the American Legion. The veterans shared their military history with the students before teaching them the process of raising, lowering, and folding the American flag.. The students enjoyed learning about the military as they worked with the veterans. The sixth graders were surprised by some of the facts about the flag that the veterans shared with them.
The sixth graders have been reading the book, “What Were the Twin Towers” in preparation of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Parents have been invited to share their memories of 9/11 in each child’s journal. As a culminating activity, students will reflect on these memories, then will create a 9/11 memorial flag featuring facts they learned from the book and their parents’ journal entries. These projects will be displayed for all students in the school. Sixth graders will also write an essay with the theme, “How Can I Be a Good American?” The essays will be submitted to the Patriot’s Pen competition sponsored by the VFW.
Scott Campbell is shown helping a St. Mary 6th grade student learn how to fold a flag.