Two elementary school students who work as safety patrols at Coppergate Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida take their responsibilities very seriously. One of their tasks needed to be done on a stormy day and they didn’t let a little weather stand in the way of performing it since they felt it was too important. Needless to say, their patriotic display won over many hearts on the internet.
Among the tasks that Nate and Isaac do for their job as safety patrol is to lower the American flag during school dismissal and put it away.
With a big rainstorm passing over at dismissal time, they could have waited or left the job undone, but the boys stepped up and braved the elements to complete the task — and did an amazing job.
They lowered the flag as is required while getting drenched in the rain, but took the time to give it the proper fold and keep the flag protected. They displayed a lot of respect for a job that other kids might not have given as much attention to, especially in a rainstorm.
Coppergate Elementary School media specialist Kim Miskowski shared the images of Nate and Isaac’s good deed, writing on Facebook: “Not only did they bring the flag down, they also stood in the wind and rain and calmly completed the 13 folds. Then Nate protected the flag as he walked with honor and respect to retire it for the day.”
With Nate’s parents having served in the military, he didn’t take the task lightly, telling FOX 30 that he and Isaac lowered and folded the flag in the rain because it was“the respectful thing to do.”
Kim also told FOX 30: “They were folding the flag reverently. They were reverent. And they were doing 13 folds… and you know, our country is in a little bit of turmoil… it just struck me. When they walked away they held it… cradled it to protect it. And it was just a moment that was meant to be, I think.”
The school also posted the images of their job well done, noting, “this is what RESPECT looks like at Coppergate… We are so proud of Nate and Isaac for their responsibility, respect, devotion to duty, and love of country.”
Among the many responses the school’s Facebook post received were those who commented on the character of these students, with notes such as: “Great job boys. Your parents should be proud. I am too” and “We can all learn from this student action: respect and love our country.”
Another commenter was pleased to see the boys didn’t let the weather stop them from the important duty they had, noting: “Way to go guys. Nothing should get in the way of your honoring the flag of our great country. Thanks for ghe example you set.”
One person thanked them, writing: “You guys are wonderful. You have been taught the value of the flag and RESPECT. Thank YOU each from the bottom of my heart. Military wife retired. Husband and son both served in Iraq at the same time.”