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2002: The Year in Review

Schools' flag monument finds funds

2002: year in review
By MELIA BOWIE, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 29, 2002

TAMPA PALMS -- For months, a small group of patriotic parents asked the New Tampa community to help them buy a monument big enough to show the spirit inherent in the names of Freedom High School and Liberty Middle School.

At year's end they got their support: $56,000 worth, half from the community and matching money from the Hillsborough County School District. Crews begin construction in January on a 70-foot flagpole and custom-designed base at the campus shared by Freedom and Liberty in Tampa Palms.

"The ball is rolling," parent Terry Wolford said. "I'm just so excited."

The idea was inspired after Sept. 11, which also influenced the two schools' names. A 15- by 25-foot American flag will stand at the main entrance of the two schools. "It's going to look like the whole thing was meant to be there," Wolford said.

Funds were needed to pay for the flag, its pole, installation, electrical fixtures for night illumination and a paved walkway surrounding its base.

The design calls for brick stones engraved with the names of donors and walls with red tile stating "United We Stand," along with the school names and an attached bench.

-- You can reach Melia Bowie at 269-5312 or .

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