Flags For Our Heroes
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4th Annual Flags For Our Heroes - Veteran's Day 2013
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About Flags For Our Heroes
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Flags For Our Heroes
Moves to Veteran's Day!
Flags For Our Heroes is an annual event offering MISD students an opportunity to honor the memories of United States soldiers and family members who have been laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery. Every year, change is collected at participating campuses from Labor Day until Columbus Day. The funds collected across the district are used to purchase American flags to be placed throughout the cemetery during our Flags for Our Heroes event the weekend before Veteran's Day. MISD students in grades 1 - 8, who would like to participate in our Veteran's Day event, are invited to work together with their families to write an essay or create a video project on the topic: "Honoring Our Veterans" . This year, projects may be delivered to participating campus representatives, or submitted online to this webpage by October 11, 2013. No late projects will be accepted. Projects will be judged by the Flags for Our Heroes Committee. The winners will be announced at the participating campuses on October 17, 2013.
During our 1st Annual Flags For Our Heroes campaign on Memorial Day 2011, we were able to honor the memories of over 1,000 soldiers and their families. During our 2nd campaign on Memorial Day 2012, we honored the memories of 2,000 of our brave warriors. Our 3rd campaign on Memorial Day 2013, we doubled that number again and honored the memories of over 4,000 of our nation's military. Another organization has made a yearly committment to place flags at all approximately 70,000 graves each year on Memorial Day, so the Flags For Our Heroes committee elected to move our event to Veteran's Day in order to honor the memories of our heroes on yet another patriotic holiday. Help us to continue to increase the number of military families we are able to honor by donating to this year's Flags For Our Heroes campaign.
Questions and donations for the 2013 - 2014 Flags For Our Heroes campaign may be directed to Roz Roach at the Celeste Graves Education Support Center or Kerrie Gustin at Williams Elementary School. Thank you for your continued support!

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Flags for Our Heroes Committee
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Kerrie Gustin - Williams Elementary School
Jamie Gustin - Technology Center
Rozanna Roach - Graves ESC
Jackie Moore - Smith Elementary School
Matt Clark - Graves ESC

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2013 -2014 Event Timeline
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September 3, 2013 - Beginning of 3rd Annual Flags For Our Heroes campaign. Change collection begins.
October 11, 2013 - Change collection ends. Essays and video projects due. (No late entries will be accepted.)
October 17, 2013 - Winners announced at the campuses.
November 9, 2013 (Saturday before Veteran's Day) - Winners place flags to honor the memories of U.S. Military and their families at Houston National Cemetery during our 4th Annual Flags For Our Heroes Event.

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Participating Campuses 2013 - 2014
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Williams Elementary - Sponsor Kerrie Gustin - Principal Amy Locker
Magnolia Elementary - Sponsor Allison Love - Principal Linda Kenjura
Smith Elementary - Sponsor Andrea Poole - Principal Letty Roman
Magnolia Parkway Elementary - Sponsor Sandra Matthews - Principal Erin Vance
Magnolia 6th Grade - Sponsor Pam Dedear - Principal Tim Owen
Bear Branch 6th Grade - Sponsor Jennifer Adams - Principal Tommy Burns
Magnolia Jr. High - Sponsor TBA - Principal Brenda Marfin
Bear Branch Jr. High - Sponsor JoDail Kovanda - Principal Gerald Evans
Thank you to our participating campuses. We appreciate your support!

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Submit Projects Here!
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We invite Magnolia ISD students in 1st through 8th grades to participate in the 4th annualFlags For Our Heroes Campaign !
Work together with your family to write an essay or create a video project using the theme "Honoring Our Veterans" to enter for an opportunity to go to the Houston National Cemetery to place flags at the memorials of our fallen heroes. Video projects may be created in any format that can be attached as a file, sent as a link such as an Animoto video, or posted to a site such as YouTube.
Please limit the length of video submissions to a maximum of 5 minutes.
Students may either submit a link or file attachment of the project to this website using the Submit button below. If you have any difficulty submitting to this website, submissions may also be emailed to kgustin@magnoliaisd.org .
Remember, since there are a limited number of slots, the most creative and original projects will have a clear advantage during the selection process.
Thank you for supporting Flags For Our Heroes!
Click Here to Submit Projects

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Flags for Our Heroes Flyers
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Watch for attachments to appear below for more information about this year's Flags for Our Heroes campaign.

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A Message from Kerrie Gustin - Co-founder of Flags For Our Heroes
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Patriotism and a deep sense of respect for all those who have served in the military has always been an important part of my family's culture.
My grandfather, Charles Townsend, was a Master Sgt. in the Army during WWII. In the spring of 2007, exactly one month apart, he and my Grandma Floy were laid to rest in the Houston National Cemetery.
The following Memorial Day, we began a family tradition of honoring the memory of my grandparents with American flags. As we left the cemetery after that first visit with our children, my daughter Grace turned to me and said, "Mommy, it's so sad that so many of these soldiers have no one to honor their memories."
I thought about it for a moment and replied, "You know what? I think we can do something about that."
Over the next year, every time we went to the store, we tossed a package of American flags into our shopping cart. The following Memorial Day we were able to honor the memories of 150 soldiers and their families. Of course, when we discovered that was only a little more than four rows in my grandparent's section, we were determined to do more.
At the beginning of the next school year I spoke to Brenda Marfin, who had recently become Director of Social Studies for MISD, about inviting the schools to participate and Flags For Our Heroes was born.
Williams and Magnolia Elementary Schools elected to participate during our 1st campaign. Mrs. Marfin and Rozanna Roach from the curriculum office worked with us to coordinate the event. Over several months we collected change to purchase flags, and students participated in an essay and art contest in order to have an opportunity to join us on Memorial Day to place flags at the cemetery. On Memorial Day 2011, a dozen MISD students boarded a school bus during their summer vacation, to honor the memories of 1,150 veterans and their families.
During our 2nd campaign, we had seven participating campuses. On Memorial Day 2012, we took over 70 students, along with several teachers and administrators on two school buses, and led a tremendously long caravan of family members to the Houston National Cemetery; where we were able to honor the memories of 2,000 of our nation's heroes.
Our 3rd campaign was supported by eight participating campuses as well as some members of our local Magnolia community. Sixty students who had submitted essays or projects were invited to participate in the event. The day of the event, we discovered that another organization had organized an amazing city-wide effort to honor all 70,000 veterans interred at the Houston National Cemetary with American flags. We went forward with our event, honoring 4,000 soldiers in section S1 with a second American flag. Many family members visiting the memorials of loved ones who were laid to rest at the cemetary expressed gratitude to our MISD students who had chosen to spend part of their Memorial Day honoring the memories of soldiers who had bravely served our nation. After learning that plans were in place to make Flags for Fallen Vets on Memorial Day an annual event, our committe elected to move our annual event to Veteran's Day beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. We encourage anyone who is interested in participating in future Memorial Day events to visit the Flags for Fallen Vets website and register to volunteer for next year's event.
This year's 4th annual Flags For Our Heroes event will take place the Saturday before Veteran's Day. We will again invite students in 1st through 8th grades to submit essays and video projects for the opportunity to participate in the event. This year we will be joined by members of our district's NJROTC from both MHS and MWHS. We hope to once again increase the number of soldiers we are able to honor with American flags on a holiday set aside to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our brave heroes.
It is my hope, that with your continued support, we will not only be able to increase the number of soldiers we are able to honor each year, but that Flags For Our Heroes will become an enduring Magnolia ISD tradition, offering generations of students the opportunity to express their patriotism by honoring the memories of those who have served our country and preserved our freedom.
In Honor of All Who Defend Our Freedom,
Kerrie Gustin, 1st Grade Teacher, Willie E. Williams Elementary

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Flags For Our Heroes Video - Memorial Day 2012
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