It's 7:30 in the morning. Classes at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse are about to begin.
"Good morning Lincoln Middle," announces Dean of Students Eric Check over the school's P.A. system.
But not before the morning announcements.
"The very first thing is the Pledge of Allegiance," said Check. "It's that idea that we're paying respect to the country; to the people that have fought for the freedoms of the country."
But at Lincoln Middle, Old Glory was starting to look... well... old.
"They date back to before many of us were even here at the building," said Check.
Students like Skylar Dannhoff could see the signs of age.
"They're all really old and faded and not in the best condition," said Dannoff.
As student counsel president, Skylar along with a few teachers and the other members of the student counsel decided they needed to roll out a plan to pay respect to our nation's flag in a different way.
They purchased new flags for every classroom in the school after writing and receiving a $500 grant.
"The grant writing was a pretty big thing, because that's the grown-up thing to do. And then we have students doing it," said Dannhoff. "That's pretty big."
The students also wanted to make sure the flags were American made and purchased locally.
"We wanted the buying of the flags to support our city," said Kathryn Boldon, student counsel vice president.
The students also wanted to support the flag.
"The small business class at Lincoln is making plaques that say liberty on them to stand for freedom," said Boldon.
"I think it's cool because when kids are kind of going to stand up to do The Pledge, they're not just looking at a blank flag and a metal holder,"said Christian Volzka, Lincoln Middle School shop student. "They're going to be looking at a nice wood, smooth plaque with the word liberty on it."
And now our nation's colors can be displayed freely.
"Personally, I think it's a pretty big thing for our school to be acquiring new flags," said Dannhoff. "It's long overdue and it needs to be done."
A nation and a school that pays respect to their flag whether it's new or it's ready to be retired.
"The color guard of the American Legion Post 52 are very proud of the members of Lincoln Middle School's student counsel for replacing the school's aging flags," said Neil Duresky, member of the color guard.
Joining a local school with our nation's veterans in a pledge to properly retire the stars and stripes.