While Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita) was unable to attend as planned, Newton schools celebrated Patriotisim In Education night Friday before the boys’ basketball game in Ravenscroft Gymnasium anyway.


While Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita) was unable to attend as planned, Newton schools celebrated Patriotisim In Education night Friday before the boys’ basketball game in Ravenscroft Gymnasium anyway.
“My whole purpose was to celebrate what it means to be free,” said event organizer Kay Self.
And even though the acting senator was not in attendance, his wife was. Susan Pompeo was given the honor of lowering Newton’s 12-by-18 foot flag from the ceiling for the singing of the national anthem.
“It’s enormous,” Susan Pompeo said. “Think about that, for Newton, Kansas to have  this, it makes me feel great. ... This is a beautiful gym, and there are other beautiful gyms. This is a good school, and there are other good schools. Newton High has this incredible flag, and no one will top that.”
She said this celebration is unique, and drew attention from some of her husband’s peers in Washington.
“We were so excited about Patriotism in Education one of us had to be here for this,” Susan Pompeo said. “Tonight happened because of the passion of one woman.”
In addition to an appearance by the Senator’s wife, the night also featured a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Susan Cameron’s first-grade class from Sunset Elementary, the national anthem by Newton High School’s Railaires and presentation of a flag-line by the American Legion’s Legion Riders.

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