Hyatts Middle School students form human flag

POWELL, OH (WCMH) — A human flag made up from Nearly 1,000 students and staff was part of a Olentangy Hyatts Middle School “Living History.”

A practical lesson for students in patriotism and the role of our military where each student participated as part of a large team.

The coordination of the giant human flag was pretty impressive as seen from Chopper 4 flying high over the middle school’s football field.

Everyone one of those nearly 1000 students had a role in making the human flag.

“What part of the flag were you? I was a star. What is it like being a star? I was pretty cool, you just had to sit there. It was a really big job because you just had to sit there.” Said 8th grader Isabella Prok.

Some of those students formed stars, while other were the stripes or the blue background.

“You had to be the opposite direction of the person next to you so I had to be next to another kids feet and had to be pretty opposite all the way down,” said classmate Aiden Howard.

These middle schoolers are definitely getting a history lesson tied to their families.

“This whole experience was very meaningful. I have a grandpa who served and he was watching the news today and I know he really liked it,” said  Sophie Culber, 8th grader.

Students said showing pride not only in their flag but also their school.

The human flag ended up 50 yard long, taking up half of the middle school football field.

“Every one of the kids bought a shirt for $10 and $5 of that goes toward buying a box for Operation Buckeye,” said teacher Todd Helline.

Giving American troops overseas encouragement and a little bit of home.

“It has anything from snacks to girl scout cookies to little beanie babies, so the troops can give a beanie baby to the kids,” Helline said.

Children who many times are living in combat zones. The students here will also hear from 125 military veterans who fought in many other combat zones – as another piece of what the school calls “A Living History Lesson” one being taught at Hyatts Middle School.

“I think it is just to show how much this school loves America and show our patriotism,” said Howard.

NBC4 asked what their thoughts are about people serving in the military?

Culver:  “I think they are amazing! I don’t a lot of people have the courage they do, but they are fighting for everyone that wants it and some that don’t want it.”

Those military veterans will be at the middle school on Friday for a history-filled day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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