Superintendent Arntzen, American Legion Announce Stars and Stripes Initiative
September 28, 2020
HELENA- Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen and American Legion Post 117 in Billings announced a partnership on September 11th (Patriot’s Day) to promote the Stars and Stripes Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to raise funds to purchase American Flags for Montana schools.
“We must honor our veterans by having strong civics education programs in schools to educate the next generation about the rights and responsibilities that we enjoy as Americans,” Superintendent Arntzen said Monday. “One way to encourage this is by proudly displaying the stars and stripes in every classroom. I want to thank Legion Post 117 for partnering with the OPI to raise funds to purchase American Flags for Montana schools.”
Members of the public can donate money to purchase a Flag on Post 117’s PayPal account. If the full price of a Flag is donated, that Flag can be sent to the school of the donor’s choosing. The Flags are classroom-sized 16”X24” and include the staff and wall mount bracket.
“American Legion Post 117 is proud to join our State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, in getting U.S. Flags back in classrooms all across Montana. On June 14th, 1923 The American Legion brought over sixty civic organizations together to write the U.S. Flag Code and now, nearly one hundred years later, we are excited to rededicate ourselves to honoring the symbol of our Nation and sharing our respect for our Flag with the children of Montana. This is a project that Legion Posts across the state can join in on and together we can promote Americanism and support the children & youth of Montana.”- George Blackard, Americanism Chairman for Post 117
State law requires Flags in every school classroom but only if schools can afford them or have them donated. Additionally, the OPI just completed an update to Montana social studies state standards which includes a stronger emphasis on civics education.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Montana Office of Public Instruction