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Middle school gets flagpole

by Joyce Hollister

Carson Valley Middle School was offered the donation of an American flag by the John C. Fremont Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution last fall.

Trouble was, CVMS had no flag pole.

When the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center opened its doors in the old high school building in front of the newer CVMS, the existing flagpole became the property of the museum.

According to Janet Hawkins of the John C. Fremont chapter, the flag was given to Virginia Nuzum, who had received it upon the death of her husband John, a World War II vet, and she in turn donated the flag to the chapter.

Hawkins suggested that the school pursue the possibility of obtaining a flagpole for the flag.

“This project was taken on by the students,” she said, “and one day in December, I was called and asked if they could still have a flag, as they now had a flagpole.”

Hawkins was the last on a special program held Wednesday to dedicate the new flag and the new pole.She stood beside the students who raised the flag for the first time.

The students who made it all happen are members of the CVMS leadership class and the school’s service committee, according to the leadership class teacher, Jennifer Norman.

“They researched how much a flagpole would cost and the building codes about where the site would need to be. They also researched the history of the flag and how to properly raise and display a flag,” Norman said.

The students talked to teachers who are veterans of the military and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They used the Internet, especially the Web site offered by the American Legion, in their research.

The school district provided the flagpole for the school.

Wednesday’s program included the school band, presentations by students and teachers, a demonstration on how to fold a flag and the release of balloons at the end of the assembly, which drew a large turnout.

Hawkins read “Remember Me?,” an essay on the flag made available by various veterans groups in Vacaville, Calif., which talks about the battlefields where American flags have flown in the past and up until the Vietnam War.

This the first year for the leadership class, Norman said. The group visits senior homes in the area every other month and plans to make Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly this month. The group has made plans for other types of service activities and is divided up into various committees.