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Mission: Readiness gives flag lessons at Parkway pre-K

By Anna Oakes, Watauga Democrat

Parkway Elementary School pre-K students learned lessons from retired Brig. Gen. James C. Walker and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx about the American flag on June 6.

The program, held in advance of Flag Day on June 14, included a reading of the book “F is for Flag,” a presentation of an American flag flown above the U.S. Capitol Building, a discussion of flag etiquette and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The presentation was coordinated by the organization Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national security organization of more than 600 retired admirals, generals and other retired senior military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children.

According to the organization, 71 percent of young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unfit for military service due to poor education, obesity or a record of crime or drug abuse.

Mission: Readiness educates policymakers about interventions that will prepare young people for success, including expanding high-quality early childhood education programs, increasing access to healthier food at school and improving the quality and quantity of physical education.

Retired generals and admirals planned to visit early learning centers around the country during June to teach children about the American flag.

The June 6 visit at Parkway took place at the Lucy Brock Collaborative Classroom, a part of the Appalachian State University’s Lucy Brock Child Development Lab Program.

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