by, Alivia, Alex, Luke
There is a new and exciting group called The Salute Crew at Sinking Springs Elementary. The Salute Crew is a committed and honored club of boys that put up and take down the flag every morning and afternoon. Mr. Otterson is the leader of the crew. There are eleven boys in total in the Salute Crew. Those eleven boys are Zach, Ryan, Aidan, Luke, Josiah, Conner, Robby, Devon, Ben, Kevin, and Josh.
Question: How did you come up with the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: I came up with the Salute Crew because in elementary school our school put the flag up everyday. I remember having fun doing it and I wanted to try it at Sinking Springs so we could show respect for our country.
Question: How did you choose the helpers for the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: With the help of our Team S teachers, we picked respectful students that are male because there are other special activities set aside for girls only.
Question: What's the hardest part of folding the flag?
Aidan: Folding the flag is very hard because it gets hard working with others and folding it together.
Question: What's your favorite part of being in the Salute Crew?
Kevin: I love raising the flag because it's such a honor to raise the flag for our country and school.
Question: Does the Salute Crew have assigned days?
Devon: Yes we do have assigned days. The only time that we don't go is if we have orchestra or band. If someone's not there then we will substitute for the others.
Question: How long have you been doing the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: This is only the second year for the Salute Crew. We are hoping to teach some 5th graders at the end of the year so this can continue.
Question: Do you put the flag up when the weather is bad?
Kevin: We don't put the flag up when it's raining. We asked Mr. Otterson if we should put it up. We need to make sure that it won't be bad weather later that day.
Question: What's your perspective on working with others in the Salute Crew?
Devon: It's very fun but also hard because we all fold the flag differently. We sometimes argue because we all work and fold the flag differently.
Question: Have you changed your perspective on the Salute Crew based on years prior?
Mr. Otterson: Now the veterans from the local VFW in Manchester come through every year to help the crew. They teach others how to fold and respect the flag. The rest of the responsibility is up to the Salute Crew.
Question: Is it ever hard to remember the certain days that you must go out and do the flag?
Aidan: Yes, it is very hard in the beginning because personally I forgot. I feel bad when I forget because it's a huge responsibility.
These 3 boys did an excellent job at the interview. All of us are very proud of our fellow students that commit so much for their country.