What does the flag mean to you?

H-M-S Middle School students pen patriotic essays about America's flag


June 1, 2023


The Top 3 essays were written by, from left to right: Madison Fritz, second place; Skyler McCarter, third place; and Aria Benz, first place. They each received a certificate and a small cash award. Also pictured are Legion Commanders Roy Wohlert, of Hartley; Paul Heitritter, of Melvin; and Fred Anema, of Sanborn.

Each year, the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn fifth graders complete a flag unit in language arts class. They learn about flag etiquette, the history of the United States flag, and the different branches of the U.S. military. The students, along with their teacher, Angie Mayer, even go through each part of the U.S. Flag Code.

At the end of the unit, the students are left with a better understanding of what the flag represents and how to show it respect. They then write an essay of 300 words or less reflecting on what the flag means to them, being sure to include information from the Flag Code.


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