Over the years, departments within Alfred State College’s School of Applied Technology have assisted the Allegany County Veterans Organization in a number of ways.
From holding a benefit dinner that raised $4,000, to excavating land for a pond, the college has proudly given back to those who have given so much for their country.
As a way to say thank you to Alfred State, the organization recently donated 40 American flags for every classroom on the Wellsville campus. The flags measure 3 feet by 5 feet.
Attending a presentation of the flags were Culinary Arts Department Chair Debra Burch, students, faculty members, Commander Tom Carlin, Vice Commander and Alfred State Instructional Support Assistant Dave Chilson, and Executive Board members Jim Cartwright and Bill Loche.
Speaking about the donation, Burch said, “I think we have a need to support our country’s values and diversity. What better way to start than to fly the American Flag in our classrooms?”
Burch noted that she has always been a huge supporter of America’s troops, adding, “Anything I can do to remind students to show respect for the sacrifices people their own age are making in order to maintain our freedoms is a good thing. I never expected the flags to be donated. I was inquiring to see if I could purchase them at a lesser price, when David Chilson went to his group and they gave this gift to us! It was truly amazing.”