OGDEN -- Get a new flag or repair equipment? After budget cuts at Uintah Elementary School, the school's administrators were left facing a tough decision: spend raised funds on a new American flag to be flown outside the school or repair equipment for the children.
When Scott McQuade, whose daughter is in the fourth grade at Uintah, heard the school didn't have the funds to replace its tattered flag, he decided to do something about it.
"I didn't think it was right to have to choose," he said. "I mean, we want the flag, but it's hard to cut the equipment out of the school's budget."
So McQuade called Judith Maughan, the school liaison at Hill Air Force Base, to ask if they could donate a flag to the elementary school.
Frances Bradshaw, the STEM outreach coordinator for Hill who was at the school Wednesday when the flag was presented, said they don't normally give flags to schools, but made an exception for Uintah. "This was a special request."
The STEM Outreach program promotes community collaboration and provides support to increase interest, participation and success in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in area schools.
Wednesday morning, a color guard from Hill came to the school, presented the flag to the fourth-grade students and answered their questions about military life and what their jobs entail.
Michelle Strate, a fourth-grade teacher, said it was exciting for the school to receive this gift, because school officials weren't sure where the funds for the much-needed flag would have come from.
"We've had budget cuts," she said, "so there's not a lot of finances for all the extras at the school."