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Fifth Graders at Cole Tend The Colors Each Day
Fifth Graders at Cole Tend The Colors Each Day

Mr. Steve Tobias is the Tippecanoe School Corporation Director of Building and Grounds. He also happens to be a retired captain from the United States Marine Corps. Despite this being the busiest time of his year, Mr. Tobias always carves out a moment to visit with Cole Elementary School fifth graders at the start of school to teach them about flag etiquette. The fifth grade at James Cole Elementary School has the honor to raise and lower the flag at the beginning and end of each school day. This is a privilege afforded to them because of their status as the oldest grade in the building. This privilege also is an important part of Cole Elementary School's mission statement which includes the line, "We grow kind citizens." Students are taught the proper way to attach the flag to the nylon cord and raise it briskly into the wind above. They are also taught that the flag is lowered ceremoniously at the end of the day and then 'retired' (folded) in a certain fashion. Sometimes the flag has to go up and down the flag pole a few times because it might not be quite right the first try, but the students are learning the importance of respect and responsibility through this action. As one fifth-grade student stated, "It's a little scary at first, but it's also a lot of fun."