What a terrific legacy to pass on to the younger generation. A teacher’s collection of forty-nine flags teaches children the history behind many flags.
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The collection began with Jane Halstead Stout, a history teacher who displayed the reproductions of historic flags in her classrooms for many years. When Halstead Stout retired, she started lending the flags to schools, banks and interested groups, and she developed a booklet about the 49 flags she collected.
Halstead Stout now lives in a nursing home and has made Lou and Polly Myers the “official keepers of the flags.”
Seeing the collection as sort of a public trust, the borrowers tend to pass it on a little better than when they got it, said Sharon Frizzell of Normal, Leslie’s sister-in-law, who arranged for the flags to visit Oakland.
“It’s our visual history in a nutshell,” said Sharon Frizzell.
Sharon Frizzell, the Regent for the Letitia Green Stevenson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, met Polly Myers, through DAR and learned of the collection. She knew her sister-in-law would want to share the stories her Oakland school classes.
The Soap Box Derby has long been a favorite competition of mine. I love watching those homemade cars rolling silently down a hill, guided skillfully by some young person. The races are always close, and the competition friendly. Seventy cars predicted for this gathering is unbelievable. WOW!
Quincy Herald Whig
It’s less than three weeks until the third running of the Breakfast Optimists Club Soap Box Derby, and director Chris Huseman says the stretch-run excitement begins at the community level and the commitment of sponsors to the event.
“It’s amazing the support the Soap Box Derby has received from the business community,” Huseman said. “Businesses have used their sponsorships of cars to get both their employees and customers involved. Some places have even had shirts made up that their employees wear showing support of the car they are sponsoring, the driver and the race itself.”
Huseman says there is another strong cast of sponsors and backers for this year’s race, scheduled for 9 a.m. June 9 on the Tom Awerkamp Bridge on 18th Street. The event attracted 54 cars last year after drawing 34 in its inaugural 2005 run. Derby officials are predicting as high as 70 cars for the third installment.
The honor for excellence in achievement and citizenship, is symbolized by awarding American flags into their care for a year. I’ve never come across anything like this, but I like it. These are the leaders to come. I feel better all ready.
Each year, students from various schools are chosen as “standard bearers” for the coming year in honor of their outstanding academic achievement and citizenship.
An American flag is presented to each student by the previous year’s standard bearers, who in turn receive bronze medallions for their year of service.
Parnella Kittles, 11, received a flag last year for teaching younger students to read, being a safety guard and serving as a peer mediator at School 7. She wore her medallion proudly and said she believes events such as Sunday’s, recognizing their efforts, make students feel good about themselves.
“Kids need to feel appreciated,” said Parnella, a sixth-grader at School 7. “It makes them feel good.”
Mayor Robert Duffy challenged the students to remain role models and leaders.