There’s a new flag at the top of Elephant Mountain thanks to Hume Elementary’s Grade 5 class, and when principal Joanne Beddoes squints out her office window she can just barely see it flapping away.
“Our Grade 5 teacher, Les Chirico, has been looking locally for great excursions for our students,” she told the Star. “Two weeks ago they did a hike up Pulpit and, after making some connections to the friends of Pulpit Rock Society, donated and replaced the withered old flag.”
The students connected with the Pulpit Rock Society’s Chris Kolmel beforehand to see how they could help after noticing the “Canadian flag was in need of some TLC” said Beddoes.
“Our students learned a lot about what a thriving society does, how actions like these support our community’s health and well-being, and that giving to others creates a better place for all to enjoy.”
One highlight of the day was connecting with Bob Dean, an avid hiker and former Mount Sentinel teacher who was celebrating his 90th birthday.
“As good karma was on our side, the students had the honour of singing a hearty happy birthday to him.”
The former flag, which was missing one of its red stripes, was tied at the bottom of the pole so it wouldn’t blow away. The students worked together to attach the new one and raise it.
“From the vantage point of our school we saw the changing of the flag, although I do not think they could see me waving!” said Beddoes.
“A simple hike on a sunny day, with so many meaningful moments all pointing the way to showing respect and kindness to all!”