WARREN School, church dedicate flag, pole
Pupils, teachers, staff and church members contributed to buy the new flagpole.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- For more than 15 years, Warren Christian School was without a flagpole.
Last year, pupils, teachers and staff and members of First Assembly of God Church worked together to buy a new pole and flag that were dedicated Tuesday morning.
The school houses more than 280 pupils in preschool through 12th grade.
Dr. Donald Spayd of the school said the school and church joined together in the Flagpole Project with each person donating $1 for the cause.
Principal Roberta Kelly said more than $600 was raised.
Hearn Paper Co. of Youngstown donated the American flag that flies from the pole, and an anonymous donor donated the Warren Christian School flag that waves below it.
"We always wanted a flagpole and we didn't have one," said Erak Christofis, 13, and an eighth-grader at the school.
Erak, Dan Angelis, 17, a senior, and brothers Billy Powell, 15, a sophomore, and Frank Powell, 12, a seventh-grader, are members of the church's Royal Rangers' Honor Guard and conducted the presentation of colors at Tuesday's service.
They describe their group as a Boy Scout-like organization at Assembly of God churches. Rangers, who range in age from 5 to 21, camp, earn merit badges and learn about the Bible.
Billy said the fund-raising effort started during the last school year.
The flagpole was dedicated just in time for the school's annual See You at the Pole event when pupils gather in front of the school for a service.
"Since I've been here, we've gathered around the cross" for the event, Kelly said.
Pupils waved small American flags, commemorating the event, and the Rev. Larry Albanese, pastor of the church and superintendent of the school, delivered a dedication message and prayer, reminding attendees that the United States was founded by Christians and on Christian principles.