Eagle Scout Project Flagpole Dedication Ceremony Takes Place At UCA

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In silence each part of the flag is carefully cut off beginning with the grommet, then the blue square that holds the stars, followed by each individual red and white stripe, during the replacing of Old Glory at United Christian Academy.

NEWPORT -- United Christian Academy's "Old Glory" is no longer old. A new flag was donated to UCA and proudly waves on the new flag pole that was also donated as part of Benjamin Barrup's Eagle Scout project. The ceremony, a part of the requirement for Eagle Scout Benjamin Barrup (a former student at UCA), took place Oct. 13 at the school.

The ceremony included a salute to Old Glory as it was taken down in preparation for its proper burial. A few words were read regarding the patriotic symbolism of the flag before the disassembling of the flag began. In silence each part of the flag was carefully cut off beginning with the grommet, then the blue square that holds the stars, followed by each individual red and white stripe. Each part of the flag was folded and held with care by the color guards before being immersed one-by-one in a prepared bonfire where the flag was reduced to ashes, except for the grommet.

After being taken out of the fire, the grommet was given to and accepted on behalf of UCA by Chairperson Rod Ames as a remembrance of the old flag.

The singing of "God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" were also appropriate additions to the ceremony. Salutes to the new flag were made as it was raised.

On Nov. 12, United Christian Academy will honor America's Veterans. In addition to a short program at school we are inviting any parents, grandparents or siblings of current students who are either Veterans or on active military duty to join us as our guests for lunch. All veterans are welcome to attend the program and no reservations are needed, but we do need to know how many will be staying for lunch. Contact UCA if you will be eating with us that day by calling 334-3112.

UCA always enjoys hearing from former Alumni and students and the kind words regarding their time at UCA. If you are an Alumni, former student/parent or current student/parent/faculty/staff/board of director/board of overseer/donor or interested party who would like to share your blessing(s) at UCA with others, simply email us: unitedchristianacademy@comcast.net and add "Quote Me" in the subject line.

Here is a quote recently received from a former international student: "My name is David Petermann. I was a German exchange student from August 2001 until June 2002, back when Mr. Witherspoon was the headmaster. It was a time of great new experiences and pleasure. I was in 12th grade during my year at UCA as an exchange student. I came to come to know the USA and the New England culture and left because I only could and wanted to stay one year. But I am planning to come back to visit! Best wishes from Berlin to wonderful Indian Summer Vermont!"

All orders for the Christmas Wreath fundraiser at United Christian Academy must be turned in by tomorrow, Oct. 30. The wreaths will be delivered to school and ready for pick up on Nov. 28. Volunteers will be needed to sort wreaths on that day. Contact Emily Wheeler if you can volunteer.

Students who brought in 100 or more box tops are Cheyenne Larabee, Luke DelaBruere, Sam Borsari and Chris Dagesse. The random pick winner is Emma Leamy.

The Parent Association will be holding the annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale on Nov. 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the front hallway. All proceeds from the bake sale are dedicated to the Eli Goss Scholarship Fund. If you would like to donate items such as pies, rolls or other desserts, call 766-2850. All are invited to come and purchase donated items as well.

Wish List: Mr. Barker, two to four-drawer filing cabinet; Mrs. Czelusta, computer speakers; International student apartment, kitchen/dining room chairs; Mrs. Smith: TI points.

Mark Your Calendar: Nov. 1-2, no school, faculty in-service; Nov. 5 & 6, Parent Conferences; Nov. 7, soccer banquet; Nov. 12, PA Meeting @ 3; Nov. 21, noon dismissal; Nov. 22-23, Thanksgiving Vacation; Nov. 28, wreath pick up; Dec. 13, Grammar School and El Bells at the Cornerstone East Free Church, Quarry Road. Derby at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20, Concert Choir & Concert Bells at Newport Church of God, Crawford Road, Derby at 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, Red & Green Day, noon dismissal; Dec. 24-Jan. 2, Christmas Vacation.

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