PROSPERITY — Every school day morning at Mid-Carolina Middle School, a group of eighth-grade students raises the American and South Carolina flag.
On Thursday, the students raised new flags after the Woodmen of the World in Newberry County donated four flags to the school.
Carroll Frick, a representative for the Woodmen of the World, donated two state flags and two American flags.
Each flag costs around $40 and the local lodges pay for the flags, said Frick.
Woodmen of the World has also donated to the Little Mountain Fire Department, Pomaria-Garmany Elementary and other local groups, he said. There are two lodges for Newberry County.
Eight eighth-grade student leaders and assistants in teacher Robert Flint’s homeroom class helped raise the flags. The students are part of the color guard team and raise the flag every morning, said Flint. They rotate throughout the semester.
The students who participated are Marical Cromer, Jack Lominick, Jessica Morris, Deandre Henley, Taylor Martin, Caleb Willetts, Pablo Gomez and Riley Frazier.
The leaders are either in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts and they are also trained on how to properly raise the flag, said Flint, a retired Marine. The old flags will be properly retired, he added.
The students also will perform their flag ceremony on Veterans Day when the middle school has its Veterans Day program honoring veterans in the area.