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Ridge Mills Elementary celebrates Flag Day in a unique way

The school held a reading challenge, and if the students accomplished their goal, Principal Flagg would spend the night on the school’s roof.

Posted: Jun 14, 2020 6:42 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2020 11:27 PM

ROME, NY – Sunday is Flag Day, and what better way to celebrate than to hoist a flag up to the roof of Ridge Mills Elementary School in Rome.

Only this flag is Michael Flagg, the school’s principal.

So what’s he doing up there?

Well, he says that this year has been very challenging for his students, and one of those challenges they met head-on.

The school held a reading challenge, and if the students accomplished their goal, Principal Flagg would spend the night on the school’s roof.

In total, the students read for 500,000 minutes, but Flagg said they had some catching up to do when the school was shut down due to the coronavirus.

“We had kids read 100,000 minutes through the month of May, essentially in the first week of June, and they did wonderfully with it. We wanted to show them that we are still united, that obstacles are not going to stop us from doing great and fun things.”

While he’s up on the roof Mr. Flagg will be joined by some special guests.

He’ll also be conducting a science experiment, and even reading some bedtime stories that were written by the students themselves.

You can see what Principal Flagg is up to by clicking here.

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