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Fifth grader receives flag flown over Capitol for school

An American flag that once flew over the United States Capitol will now fly over Botetourt Elementary, thanks to Aidan Houtz, fifth grade student at Botetourt Elementary School.

Houtz, who is in charge of raising and lowering his school’s flags each day, noticed that both the American and Virginia flags were looking a bit worn and tattered. Knowing that times are tough with schools having very little money to spare, Houtz decided to take matters into his own hands. He wrote a letter to both Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross), explaining the situation and asking for guidance about obtaining new flags for his school.

After receiving Houtz’s letter, a representative of Wittman’s office called Botetourt directly and promised to mail an American flag that was once flown over the U.S. Capitol building. The flag was received and presented to Houtz earlier this month by Botetourt principal Felicia Hudgins, assistant principal Melissa Mygas, and Botetourt thi...

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