Junior Flag Meeting
by Dorothy Washington
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On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the FMS-BIG Chapter held its opening session Junior FLAG meeting at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the 2017-2018 school year.

After a moment of silence in recognition of the hurricane devastation and all the strife going on in the country, each student was asked to introduce themselves, their school, grade, and the school activities they are involved and interested in.  The students are twins Kelechi Ihejirika (11th grade - Flowers High School) and Ike Ihejirika (11th grade - Largo High School); Ariel Johnson (8th grade - Benjamin Tasker Middle School); Naniah Echols (9th grade - home schooler); and Eghe Etah (9th grade - PG Community College AH2 high school).  Each student was provided a package which included a FLAG application, notepad, FLAG brochure, a calendar of FLAG meetings and FLAG committee members contact information.

FLAG Committee Chair Dorothy Washington gave an overview of the FLAG program including the purpose, the training modules, program benefits, FLAG meeting policies/expectations, and general roles and responsibilities of students.

There was a brief discussion on FLAG students taking on roles as officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Public RelatIons Officer) and meeting as a group in between regular FLAG meetings.  The students seemed interested in this idea which will be discussed further as more students join the FLAG program.

During an open forum session, there was discussion on students becoming involved in community service events while in the FLAG program.  It was suggested that in lieu of the November FLAG meeting that students participate in providing community service at the Landover, Maryland Capital Food Bank, on Saturday, November 18.  Students were excited about this idea and said they wanted to participate.  Donna Harper, Deputy FLAG Committee Chair, provided information to everyone.  In addition, there is an opportunity to provide service at the D.C. Capital Food Bank on November 4th.  These community events provides community service hours to the students.

After the conclusion of the FLAG meeting, a group photo was taken of the students and FLAG committee members.