Student disheartened by lack of American flags petitions for a change

CARLETON, Mich. (WXYZ) - A middle school student is making her father, who serves overseas, proud with her patriotic actions at home.

Jordin Kennedy, 12, was angered when she noticed something missing in her classrooms at Wagar Middle School at the beginning of the year. The flag poles were empty. "Having a dad in the military, it touches home," said Jordin. "You're proud to say you live in America, you're proud of everything that's red, white and blue. And if somebody tries to take that away, it kind of hurts."

Kennedy's father, Jeffrey Kennedy, is a first lieutenant serving in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty.

Principal Dan Bondy said the flags had been removed over the summer while the classrooms underwent renovations. The school intended to replace them, but some were misplaced along the way.

The sixth grade student walked into Bondy's office on the second day of the school year and insisted the flags be placed in the classrooms. When there was a delay in ordering the flags, Jordin had fellow students sign a petition. Shortly after handing the petition to her principal, the flags arrived.

"It's a pretty good feeling that if you try to do something, and you try hard enough, that it'll happen," Jordin told Action News.

On Monday, Jordin was honored by the Carleton VFW Post #4093 for her efforts. She received a plaque and her own American flag.

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