ROTC cadets from Wright State University visited Mini University on Jan. 17 to teach preschool and pre-kindergarten children about the American flag. Cadets taught students the Pledge of Allegiance, what the stars and stripes on the flag represent, colors of the flag and how to properly respect the flag during the national anthem.
“I think it’s important for these kids to learn about where they’re growing up,” said cadet Jody Berry, a senior mechanical engineering student.
Mini U staff prepared the students for the cadets’ visit by reading the book “F is for Flag” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.
“The kids were definitely excited,” said Michelle Stoffa, Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies.
RaNae Street, the program administrator at Mini University, invited ROTC cadets to Mini U after realizing the school’s tattered flag needed to be replaced. “I really hope the students will gain that level of respect and be able to honor the country that they live in,” said Street.
At the end of the visit, students watched with their hands over their hearts as cadets sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and raised a new American flag on the 25-foot-high flagpole near the entrance of the school.
“It’s a great symbol of unity and the importance of being together, and they will see that every day when they walk through the doors,” said Street.