Thanks to Elks, school district is now a bit more red, white and blue
Hillsboro classrooms are clad in red, white and blue thanks to some legislation and a local group of philanthropists.
The Hillsboro Elks Lodge donated 250 U.S. flags and brackets to hang them in each classroom in the Hillsboro School District.
We are truly appreciative of the Hillsboro Elks generous donation to our district, said Superintendent Mike Scott. Partnerships and assistance like this are what make our community stronger.
A bill passed in July requires public schools to display a U.S. flag in each classroom and provide students with an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.
When the Elks got wind of the news, they started making calls to see how they could help, said Dave Edwards, a Hillsboro Elks member.
Its important for kids to have an emblem of their country displayed, said Edwards, who added that most of the Elks members are veterans who have a special place in their hearts for patriotic displays.
The Elks organize several childrens events throughout the year, and have a charity account set aside for good causes.
Were very happy to do it, Edwards said. The school districts dont have a lot of money for certain things, so were happy to help when we can.
Were so moved by the gesture, said Beth Graser, communications director for the Hillsboro School District. They value patriotism and civic responsibility. We appreciate their mindset thinking about how to support kids and schools.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT