The Courage Flag Project: Flags of Healing, Encouragement, Love and Peace for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Community
Several days ago, I read about the Hope Flag Project by a woman named Leighanna Light. She was distraught over the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 and wondered what one person or a small community could do to reach out to the students, their families and town. She called for people to make Hope Flags, similar to Prayer Flags. The positive response was overwhelming and she received 608 individual, handmade flags. She strung them and sent them to Newtown. They were on display at the local library and then given to the students and their families.
So many people are devastated by yet another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many of us are also deeply inspired by the courage of the high school students as they confront lawmakers and the National Rifle Association to make schools and our communities safer places. I wonder, in what ways Bellingham is pushing back against this tragedy? I believe that art is a form of communication with others and with ourselves and has the potential to not only heal, but create change, one piece at a time. Can we rise to the challenge of making Courage Flags to support the Parkland school community through their pain and loss? I know we can! “Our tiny good deeds may not banish all the darkness of the world, but they can certainly bring a little light when it is needed most.” (Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng)
The Courage Flag Project
I am calling for our local high school students, artists, organizations and anyone interested to make flags. They can be made of cloth, felt, heavy paper/cardboard, painted or colored, embellished with inspiring words, ribbons, buttons, beads, any art materials. The possibilities are endless and there are many examples on-line by searching images for leighanna light hope flag or images for prayer flags. Most flags are rectangular, 5 by 8 inches, and hang vertically. Be sure to add a “sleeve” at the top of each flag, so they can be easily strung together (1-2 inches should be fine). The school’s colors are maroon and silver. The mascot is the eagle and their school motto is “Be Positive, Be Passionate, Be Proud to be an Eagle”. The deadline is Saturday, March 24, the day of the upcoming national student march.
Individual flags (and flags strung together) can be mailed to me at the address below. If your group has a stack of them, I will be glad to pick them up.
Flags can also be dropped off at Stampadoodle in Bellingham at 1825 Grant st. M-F from 10am – 6pm and Sat-Sun from 11am – 5pm.
If you are closer to Fairhaven you can drop them off at The Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th st. in Fairhaven, Wed – Sun from 10-6 pm.
The flags will be strung, packaged and mailed to Douglas High in April. Please contact me with any questions. Thanking you in advance, and I am gratefully yours, Judy Bishop
Courage Flag Project E-mail: email@example.com
P.O. Box 30378
Bellingham, WA. 98228