Hundreds of first-graders in Johnston County got a lesson in patriotism after receiving their own U.S. Flag.
Woodman Life representatives, Superintendent Ross Renfrow, veterans and elected leaders distributed the flags to first-graders students at Cooper, West Smithfield and Micro-Pine Level elementary schools.
“It was an honor and a privilege to visit these schools to aid and assist Woodman Life to distribute these flags to our students,” Renfrow said. “There is no greater symbol of our country and the freedoms that we have in America than Old Glory, our American Flag.”
Renfrow said he felt compelled to be part of the distribution of flags. “Early on there was some miscommunication of Johnston County Schools possibly having a policy that prevented the distribution of American flags,” he said. “We’re here today to clear that up and make sure everyone knows that we support patriotism and American Flags in Johnston County Schools.”
Woodman Life donated all of the flags. Chuck Hardison, a Woodman Life representative, spent time with the students to teach them about the flag.
“It teaches them at a young age to honor the greatest symbol that we have as Americans,” he said.
Woodman Life is the largest supplier of US. Flags for Johnston County Schools.
“The students seem to be excited about it,” Hardison said. “We all said the Pledge of Allegiance, and they all knew that very well. I just think it capitalizes the American spirit.”
Johnston County Commissioner Ted Godwin and retired U.S. Army Col. Rudy Baker were also on hand to help present the flags to students.
“I think that it’s great to get this ingrained in them early on and just foster a sense of patriotism and respect for the flag,” Godwin said.
Godwin is a veteran and a member of American Legion Post 141 in Selma. He shared his knowledge of the flag and taught the students what it means to be a veteran.
“We got to learn about the American Flag,” said Micro-Pine Level first-grader Isabella Skeritte. “We learned about the stars and stripes, and that it’s a symbol for our country.”