When Technology Teacher Jacob Weiand joined the staff at Wayland-Cohocton, he found the classroom flag to be showing its age. Because of the shop environment, the flag had grown faded and was dusty. Mr. Weiand has been making steady improvements to the room, including stripping and refinishing work tables that date back to his own time at Wayland Central. Mr. Weiand felt it was time to update the flag in his room as well.
In order to show that students they are not far from their elected officials, Mr. Weiand ordered the flat from Congressman Thomas Reed's office which had the flown over the US Capitol and then forwarded onto the Mr. Weiand here at Wayland-Cohocton. To remind students there are still US forces deployed around the world on their behalf, the flag was also flown on an RC-135 RIVET JOINT aircraft at a deployed location.
"The RC-135 was the last aircraft I flew on prior to retiring from the Air Force," said Mr. Weiand. "To ensure the flag remained in pristine condition a display case was in order."
Mr. James McLaughlin donated the Spalted Maple and Curbell Plastics gave Mr. Weiand a good deal on the sheet of plexiglass. The end result is a beautiful piece in the middle school shop.
"So far the students have had a very positive reaction and think it's 'cool'," said Mr. Weiand.