Elementary school kids go to great lengths to protect flag in Hayden

Old Glory flies triumphantly above Hayden Meadows Elementary.

But, every day at the end of school, three keepers of the flag make sure she’s in safe hands.

Fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan go through the steps necessary to make sure the U.S. flag is properly folded and stored without it ever touching the ground.

It’s a sign of respect, something these boys take seriously.

“This is our nation's flag, this is our school's flag, it's how we represent our country,” Jack LeBreck said.

Their selfless act has now gone viral; the boys were folding the flag after school Wednesday when a parent snapped a picture.

“If you let it touch the ground then you disrespect our country is what I heard,” LeBreck said.

But behind every great kid is a mentor and Mac McCarty, the school’s custodian, is that man.

“I’m a 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force, my father was a Marine, my grandfather was a Navy man,” McCarty said, “and family that's been in the service for a long time and it's just a nice opportunity to express it to the young and let them pick it up."

“Mr. Mac" is what the kids call him.

He’s been there to help teach them how to properly fold and store.

“They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did our school proud and our community and I'm very proud of them and I'm sure their families are very proud of them as well,” McCarty said.

“I think it would be very honorable for me, my dad and my grandfather, they've been in the service, in the military, so I probably think I would make them proud,” Naylan Tuttle said.