When Covington Classrooms Lacked Flags, Community Responded

The standard Pledge of Allegiance performed every morning at school is typically directed at the American flag inside the classroom. At Holmes Middle School, however, many classrooms lacked the patriotic icon. Deb Winkler, who teaches online remedial courses at the school, wanted to do something about that. Winkler contacted the American Legion Hall in Latonia and its Women's Auxillary jumped to help.

Several members of the women's auxillary attended Thursday's meeting of the Covington Board of Education where they were thanked for their efforts with a note from nearly every student at the middle school. "We're there for the veterans primarily but we also stand for the community and our children," said Ray Murphy, post commander of the American Pegion Hall Post 203. Using funds earned through its twice-weekly bingo games, the women's auxillary was able to purchase seventy-five new American flags for the classrooms so that classrooms without them now have one and classrooms that had old ones now have a new one. Karen Tolle and newly elected school board member Joyce Baker led the charge at the auxillary.

For Deb Winkler, who initiated the effort, seeing students pay respect to the American flag is personal. Her son Matthew Winkler returned from Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day and shortly after headed to the base at Camp LaJeune, North Carolina where he could deploy again in eight months.

Written by Michael Monks, Editor & Publisher of The River City News

PHOTO: Members of the American Legion Hall women's auxillary address the Covington Board of Education/RCN