Top of the Morning, Nov. 12, 2017

Top of the Morning, Nov. 12, 2017

On Wednesday, N-G Design Editor Mike Goebel sent pictures back to the office from his daughter's basketball game in Mansfield — not from the court but from the hallways.

Each year at this time, Blue Ridge Junior High School asks its eighth-graders in English class to participate in a flag project that gives the school a unique red, white and blue look. Showing a creative flair, the kids make U.S. flags out of different objects — anything from covers of baseballs (above) to fire hoses to even Rubik's Cubes — and display their work for everyone to see.

That includes members of Farmer City's VFW Post 6190. Leading up to the school's Veterans Day ceremony — it took place Friday morning in the gym — they judged the 63 projects and rewarded the top four with cash prizes totaling $100.

"Especially with all the flag-burning and disrespect, it does our heart good to see a small school show this kind of appreciation," 82-year-old Post 6190 judge Don Judd said.

The flag project — coordinated this fall by English teacher Paige Trimble — goes back many years, Principal Katie Nichols said. As fun as it is for her students, it's the veterans who get a bigger kick out of the finished product.

"They're blown away by the effort and originality and how much the kids care," Nichols said. "The sense of pride in the flag the kids show really means a lot to the veterans."

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