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Wichita Flag will soon be flying at all Wichita Public Schools

Posted by: Angie Prather on Friday, December 1, 2017
Last year, the Chamber’s marketing and communications team was invited to make a presentation about the Wichita Flag to students participating in the annual Comm Week at Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Communication (pictured below). Stressing that the #ILoveWichita and Wichita flag movement has been fueled by partnerships, passion and pride, we asked the students to spend a few minutes brainstorming ways to widen the movement and make it more inclusive. The students came up with a list of about eight ways to further accelerate civic pride. One of the ideas at the top of their list was to donate a Wichita flag to every school in the Wichita Public Schools system so that students could see it flying every day. Through the power of partnerships and collaboration, Together Wichita turned that great idea into a reality this week when ninety-three 3’ x 5’ Wichita flags were donated to Wichita Public Schools, one for each of their learning centers. The flags were presented at the November 30 District Council meeting to administrators from across the district. Ben Jennings of Together Wichita (left) and Angie Prather of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce (right) present USD 259 Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson (center) will a 3’x5’ Wichita flag at the November 30 District Council meeting. Together Wichita has purchased and donated ninety-three flags for the district, one to fly at every learning center. Ben Jennings from The Wichita Eagle manages the Together Wichita initiative and made the presentation at the District meeting. Jennings is a long-time flag enthusiast and said it was an easy decision for the Board to approve the donation, “We don’t believe this has ever been done before and we loved the idea of making it happen.” The Wichita Regional Chamber is one of twenty-one organizations working year-round on community improvement projects under the banner of Together Wichita. (See the complete listing on togetherwichita.com and below.) Organized, staffed and managed by The Wichita Eagle, past Together Wichita projects include bicycle and walking path signage, a Memories Park, community chalkboards, the Keepers on Parade and a large Together Wichita sign to display at area events. School administrators also learned that Ben Hutton, CEO of Hutton Construction, has generously donated a Keeper of the Plains sculpture to USD 259. Hutton is a member of Together Wichita and also leads the Chamber’s Quality of Place Strategic Initiative. A student from the Wichita Public Schools will paint the Keeper. The finished sculpture will be unveiled sometime in 2018 when it’s completed. It will then be included on the Keepers on Parade map located on the organization’s website. Visit TogetherWichita.com to learn more about how your organization or company can become involved and follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Sean Weaver Allen, Gibbs & Houlik

Susan Armstrong Armstrong Chamberlin

Patty L. Sanders Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty

Walter Berry Berry Companies, Inc.

Jeff Longwell City of Wichita

Bob Thurman Credit Union of America

Kacie St. John EddysEverything.com

Charles Millsap Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch

Dr. Amy Carey Friends University

Ben Hutton Hutton Construction

Ben Jennings The Wichita Eagle

Patty Koehler JR Custom Metals Products, Inc.

Scott Schwindaman Lubrication Engineers, Inc.

Dr. Noreen M. Carrocci Newman University

Thomas Gentile Spirit AeroSystems

Patrick J. Hanrahan United Way of the Plains

Bill Voloch Wesley Healthcare

Don Sherman Westar Energy

Sheree Utash Wichita Area Technical College

Gary Plummer Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dr. John Bardo Wichita State University

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