They served our country, and now continue the tradition by educating young people about citizenship and American traditions. Members of the Chautauqua County American Legion taught fourth-graders countywide about flag education this year.
Members of the American Legion visited nearly all the fourth-grade classes in Chautauqua County and made an hour-long presentation to teach the children the history of our flag, why we should respect our flag and how to care for our flag. Children watched two videos and participated in a question-and-answer period to highlight what they learned. All the fourth graders were challenged to write a 150-word essay entitled, "What the Flag Means to Me." The best essay in the county received $100, second place received $75, third received $50, fourth received $25 and six fifth-place winners earned $20 each.
With the help of the fourth-grade teachers, the legion members received nearly 1,000 entries. A selected committee of legion members read and reread the entries, which were narrowed down to the top 20 essays submitted. A team of Legionnaires from the north county and a team from the south county met to identify the top 10. After a long period of discussion, the final choices were made.
Pictured in front, from left: Ray Eckholm, World War II veteran; Joie Wisecarver, Shelby Superdock and John Miga. In back, from left: Craig Sutton, past county commander; Marty Schroeder; Dick Boss; Stan Kawski; and Henry Link, county commander.
The results are as follows:
1st Place: Joie Wisecarver, $100, Brocton Central
2nd Place: Cameron Crist, $75, Bemus Point Central
3rd Place: Zachary Chadwick, $50, Pine Valley Central
4th Place: Shelby Superdock, $25, Brocton Central
5th Place: Madison Kackelmeyer, $20, Pine Valley Central
5th Place: Thade Taylor, $20, Forestville Central
5th Place: Gabe Schrader, $20, Fredonia Central
5th Place: Samantha Tabone, $20, Northern Chautauqua Catholic School
5th Place: Erin Schrantz, $20, Fredonia Central
5th Place: Jake Swanson, $20, H.C. Fenner - Falconer
The Chautauqua County American Legion would like to thank all the entrants, the fourth-grade teachers and the school administrations for making this year's Flag Education Program a success.