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Rep. Houghton donates 34 flags to local schools

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

Rep. Jay Houghton

State Representative Jay Houghton helped Superintendents of local schools start 2012 with an honor of United States and Missouri state flags that have been flown over the Missouri State Capitol Building and certified by the Capitol Police. Each school building in the eight public school districts that have students from District 10 received the flags, a certification certificate from the Capitol Police, and a Certificate of Authenticity from the Representative’s official office.
“It’s important that the kids of our District have a fresh set of flags to pass each day they go to school,” Houghton said. “They need to understand the honor, symbolism, and significance that go along with the flags I’m proud of.”
In total 34 flags were given to the Superintendents to be flown on the flag poles throughout the Louisiana, Clopton, Bowling Green, Elsberry, Van-Far, Wellsville-Middletown, North Calloway, and Community R-VI districts. Houghton delivered them at a lunch that he attends with the eight superintendents every month.
“The Vandalia-Farber School District is honored to accept and fly the donated flags as a symbol of our country’s freedom as well to honor those who have served our country; especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I thank Representative Houghton and the Capitol Police for their support of our public school programs,” said Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee.
Houghton announced earlier this month that he is also sponsoring an essay contests for students throughout the district. The contest surrounds the idea of the students taking pride in their roots here in North Missouri, and their state. The MyNEMO essay contest deadline is the first of February. Houghton is in his second year of his first term in office. His office maintains a strictly open door policy and can be reached at (573) 751-3649,, room 203-B in the Capitol Building, 201 West Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101,, or on Twitter at