Waxahachie, TX – Students at a Texas high school surprised the Waxahachie Police Department (WPD) on Thursday by gifting a handmade, wooden Thin Blue Line flag to every officer on the force.
The Waxahachie High School juniors and seniors who created the 98 flags were all participants in the school’s building and constructions trades classes, the school district said in a Facebook post.
“We are proud of these students' craftsmanship and hard work and thankful for the service of our wonderful police department!” the post read.
Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby said that he and his officers were amazed by the students’ thoughtfulness and the enormity of the project, the Daily Light reported.
“Each flag is handmade and, therefore, each on is a ‘one-of-a-kind,’” Chief Goolsby said. “Each flag has hand-engraved stars and burnished wood stripes.”
The project was the brainchild of Waxahachie High School teacher Curtis Green, who teaches architecture and construction classes, the Daily Light reported.
Green said he brought the idea to students last year after he helped a teacher in anther school district with a similar undertaking.
“While doing it I thought that my students could make these for the local department,” he explained.
The students were quick to jump on board.
“This project was not an assignment, but we did work on it in class when we had inclement weather or a test that did not take the entire class period,” Green told the paper.
They took cull lumber that had been donated to the school by Lowe’s and used the school’s construction machinery to remove the flawed areas that had previously rendered the lumber unsellable.
“The students got a lot out of working on this and they were very excited when they were able to distribute them to the police department,” Green said.
Earlier this month, the group of students took their finished masterpieces to the WPD and presented them to the officers, the Daily Light reported.
“Each officer here was very touched by the kind gesture and show of support and plan on displaying their flag with pride,” WPD Community Services Officer O.T. Glidewell said. “Most of our officers have taken their flags home to proudly display and share with their family. Currently, my flag is displayed in my office. I plan on displaying my flag at my home above the fireplace.”
Officer Glidewell said that the department was humbled by the act of solidarity.
“It is a great feeling and we are very proud to have the support of the students, teachers, school district and community,” he told the Daily Light. “The students put hours and hours of work into each flag, personalizing them in their own individual and unique way.”
“This was an amazing group of students and teachers that came together to make this a success,” Officer Glidewell added.
The WPD posted photos of the students holding their handmade flags to Facebook on Nov. 15.
“What an amazing group of students and faculty!” the department gushed. “We can not thank you all enough for these beautiful wood flags. Thank you for all the support. [It] is truly appreciated.”