Chisholm Trail Elementary, North Belton Middle School flagpoles dedicated
By Patrick Lacombe
The Belton Journal
“Old Glory,” the symbol of our nation’s freedom, took to the skies last Friday thanks to the Belton Rotary Club’s generous donation to two new schools in the Belton Independent School District. The Belton Rotary club raises money and buys flagpoles for each new school every year.
“It’s a tradition that the Belton Rotary club donates a new flagpole when we open a new school, so this year they are donating new flagpoles to Chisholm Trail Elementary and North Belton Middle School,” Kyle DeBeer, Public Relations Director for BISD, said. “What I like about it is it celebrates the support the community gives to our kids, whether it’s the Rotary Club donating flagpoles, or adopt-a-school units from Fort Hood who are here today and a huge part of supporting our schools.”
Belton Rotary Club President Aya Eneli welcomed the crowd to the dedication At Chisholm, which included Belton Mayor Marion Grayson, Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis, BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon, Belton Police Department Honor Guard and a detachment from Fort Hood representing the 3/227 Aviation Battalion, the Chisholm Trail Elementary Adopt-A-School Unit.
After the invocation, Mayor Marion Grayson read “Freedom and the American Flag” to the crowd and students in attendance, followed by the flag raising ceremony by the Belton Police Department Honor Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was led by the students, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag.
Kincannon and Chisholm Principal Calvin Itz accepted the flagpoles, thanking the Belton Rotary Club for their continuing support of the school district.
“Each flagpole costs about $2,000, and the Rotary Club is always there for us when we open a new school,” Kincannon said.
When asked if the BISD had any plans for future schools, Dr. Kincannon explained, “Three schools were built in the 2012 bond program. We are starting our next 10 year facility planning process this year and we will be working with the citizens committee in the spring developing a future bond program.”
The ceremony then moved to North Belton Middle School in Temple for the second flagpole dedication.
Temple Mayor Danny Dunn attended, and the Temple Police Department Honor Guard performed the flag raising ceremony.
Belton Rotary Club member Les Hallbauer was in attendance at both dedications. He explained,
“We raised the funds for this and other projects with our Pancake Suppers and reverse raffles,” Hallbauer said. “Our next pancake supper is on election day, Nov. 4, at Leon Heights Elementary School in Belton.”
For more information on the Belton Rotary Club, email AWoolard@texaspartnersfcu.org.