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Seventh Grade Project Provides Flags to Prairie Ridge

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Prairie Ridge seventh grade LEAD Council accepts flag donations from  Iowa State Representative John Landon and Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort, as well as a grant from First National Bank.
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First National Bank representative Jen Walter presented seventh grader Grace Meador with a grant to purchase flags.  Iowa State Representative John Landon donated an Iowa flag to Prairie Ridge and Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort donated a Polk County flag.
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Representative John Landon gives seventh grade LEAD Council representatives a history lesson of the Iowa flag.
ANKENY, Iowa (February 23, 2016)  – Prairie Ridge Middle School will soon add new flags to the rafters' in the school's main hallway, thanks to the aspirations of one seventh grade student.  After noticing the lone American flag adorning the corridor, Grace Meador had the idea to add the collection. 
“When you walk in this hallway, you see that American flag and that’s basically it,” Meador said. “It needs something more than just one flag. So, we decided we needed more flags. It makes it a bit more colorful.”
After collaborating with other students on LEAD Council, the campaign began to acquire momentum.
On February 19, Iowa State Representative John Landon and Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort stopped by Prairie Ridge with two important donations.  Rep. Landon gave the students a state of Iowa flag that was actually flown over the capital in 2015, and Supervisor Van Oort donated a Polk County flag.
Additionally, Meador was awarded a grant through First National Bank to help fund the purchases of an Ankeny Community School District flag, Ankeny Centennial High School Jaguar and Ankeny High School Hawk flags. 
“It will show a good sense of community in our school,” Meador added. “I mean, we’re on the north side, but in reality we’re in the same school district. And as Ankeny, we’re a part of Iowa.  It’s nice to know that we’re part of a bigger piece.”