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Johnson High’s special education students raise morning flags

POSTED: April 23, 2014 1:02 a.m.

Johnson High students Jaheed Hester, right, Will Crain, center, and Alberto Diaz join in raising the U.S. and Georgia flags.

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Some very special students are now responsible for the daily raising of the flag at Johnson High School.

“We try not to let it touch the ground,” sophomore Will Crain said. “We, like, have to do it tight around the pole. You have to pull it up and make sure that it’s not tangled.”

Every morning around 8:30, the special education students will be expected to be outside, raising the flag.

“At Johnson High, we don’t have ‘rules.’ We have a creed,” Assistant Principal Matt Stowers said. “We believe (it instills) in our young men and women what is needed to become successful and productive citizens.”

Part of that is being involved with the daily goings-on at the school, including the flag routine. When Stowers asked school groups earlier this month about who would want to help with the flag every morning, the special education class jumped at the chance.

“We can’t let the flag fall on the floor, and we raise it up to the top until it stops,” junior Jaheed Hester said. “It’s cool.”

There are still a few things they need to work on, especially folding, which they plan to practice over the upcoming days. The students will get to participate in the daily ritual through the end of the school year.

“Our special needs students are a very valuable piece of our school and community,” Stowers said. “We want them to have as many opportunities to uphold the creed as any other student in our building.”


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