Presidents Day is 'flag giveaway day' for first graders


March 1, 2023

Meadowlark Elementary first graders are pictured with their American flags given by the Chinook Lions Club. No one is really sure when the flag giveaway began but senior club members think at least 40+ years ago. First graders at surrounding rural schools also receive the flags from the Chinook club. Tammy Edwards, left of students, and Bridgette Brennan, right of students, are the first grade teachers this year. Lion Sam French presented flag information to the students and Lion Ben Hall also helped with annual program.

Chinook Lions Club members handed out about 30 American flags to first graders on Presidents Day last Monday, February 20. It's a ceremony that dates back at least 40 years per senior Chinook Lions Club members. For some families it's a third generation receiving the desktop stick flags. Flags are given to Meadowlark students as well as first graders in surrounding rural schools.

Before the handing out ceremony and the end of program class photo, a Lions Club member presents a short program about the American flag-topics range from history of the flag to the flag code (how to properly displ...

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