From left, FCCLA members Savannah Burris, Lauren Bergner and Kyra Loutensock deliver 600 pocket flags to the post office.

Pocket flags give troops a little piece of home

Holyoke FCCLA project fundraises, folds and ships 600 flags

    “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket” takes on a whole new meaning after the completion of an FCCLA Chapter Service Project.
    Holyoke High School students Savannah Burris, Lauren Bergner and Kyra Loutensock headed up the Pocket Flag Project that will provide 600 pocket flags for American front line soldiers and deployed troops.
    A pass-the-bucket campaign during homecoming events in 2018 kicked off the project and fundraised more money than the team was expecting, so they were able to double their original plan of 300 flags.
    The next step was to use the money to order mini United States flags. At the end of November and beginning of December last year, students at Holyoke JR/SR High School helped fold the flags into triangles, just like a regular-sized flag would be folded.
    Each folded flag was tucked into a small plastic bag with a note that said, “A flag for your pocket so you can always carry a little piece of home. We are praying for you, and we are proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom.”

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