Isabella High receives funds for flagpole

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

Isabella High School will soon have a new flagpole for the football stadium thanks to securing a state grant.

State Sen. April Weaver visited IHS on Aug. 22 to present the funds.

“Through the legislature, we have education community grant funds that we are able to bring back to our districts, and then we work with our local schools to see what their needs are related to educational projects in their schools,” Weaver said.

Teacher Tom McCall, who is also one of the school’s Historical Society faculty sponsors, contacted Weaver’s office about funding for a new flag, and then discussion turned to the need for a new flag pole.

Principal Ricky Porter said the existing flagpole had been damaged, presumably by storms that rolled through the area, and fell over last year. The pole was set back up, but replacing it was deemed the best option.

“It’s a great project which I think will be an amazing asset to the school,” Weaver said.

McCall said “it has been great” to be able to secure the funding for the school.

McCall has also secured flags for each of the branches of the U.S. Military to be used in the  Historical Society’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration.

“Last year, we had a color guard from the Sons of the American Revolution that participated in our program and presented colors, state colors and national colors,” McCall said.

Weaver said looking for projects that can be funded through the state grant program is ongoing.