WINNSBORO — Although Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute recently doubled its enrollment, a new school year doesn’t just mean new students at the tuition-free charter school.
AMVET Post 33, American Legion Post 195, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8346, and the Men and Ladies Auxiliary joined together to provide MSI with three new flag poles.
“Today marks a special day for us,” said Marie Milam, executive director for MSI. “We have our own flag pole.”
Board members and students were present for the inaugural flag raising.
“Thank you for coming out, and I hope you appreciate learning about the flag,” said Steely Crawford, former AMVET Post 33 Commander.
Crawford is a familiar face to MSI Mustangs, as he volunteers to serve lunch.
In addition to the 15-foot outdoor pole, the various veteran organizations presented two indoor flag poles to MSI.
“We’re very proud to do this,” Crawford said.
Milam said MSI Mavericks will learn more about the U.S. flag this year.
“They’ll learn what the flag means,” Milam said. “The students we had last year know the Pledge of Allegiance, but newer students — we’ve doubled in size — will learn the pledge.”
Milam said the school was grateful for the support.
“It’s excellent to have the community support us,” Milam said.
As part of the AMVETS Americanism Program, there will be several patriotic contests, including essay contests for older students and coloring contests for younger students, throughout the school year.
“We’re excited,” Milam said. “We have a good partnership.”