Miller School sixth-graders Liam Winchenbach, Madison Holmes, Kytana Williamson, Kaleigh Thompson, Asa Stone, Jacob Hendrickson, and Abryn Peavey with the new flag
Miller School sixth-graders Liam Winchenbach, Madison Holmes, Kytana Williamson, Kaleigh Thompson, Asa Stone, Jacob Hendrickson, and Abryn Peavey with the new flag
Sixth-grade students at Miller School in Waldoboro voted to use their bottle collection money to purchase a new American flag for the school. The flag arrived in time to be flown at half staff, October 29 to 31, to honor the victims of the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As part of their school-wide responsibilities, sixth-graders at Miller spend their Friday recess collecting recyclable paper and returnable bottles. They also learn proper flag etiquette for their daily duty of displaying the U.S. and Maine flags on the new flagpole in front of the school. Noticing the unfit condition of the old flag early in the school year, students advocated for purchasing a new one as a gift to the community, and after studying the wording of the Maine election ballot, the sixth-graders created their own “bond issue” ballot, asking fellow students whether to put the bottle money toward a new flag for the school or to save it for field trips or other projects.

Students are developing more ideas for community projects, including inviting speakers to present information about Veterans Day. The public may contact teacher Laurie Brown for input. Any donations of bottles will provide opportunities for more hometown improvements as well as lessons in gratitude, guardianship, and creative problem-solving.