Students’ flag-focused displays emphasize respect and appreciation for officers
Lee’s Summit High School students Andrew Bradshaw and Cameron Fisher are sharing their talents with local police through projects designed to emphasize respect and appreciation for law-enforcement officers.
The two LSHS sophomores are both students in Doug Smith’s industrial technology metals course, which requires a final project. Both students made the decision to create a metal project that reassures law-enforcement officers that they are supported. The projects are currently displayed at the Lee’s Summit Police Department with the students adding that the displays are on loan to the police headquarters indefinitely.
“We are blessed to enjoy such amazing support from the community we serve,” said Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee’s Summit Police Department. “When the boys reached out to us to share their projects we were excited to see that same support from the youth in our community. We appreciate their support, and we are proud to display their amazing work that honors the profession of law enforcement.”
Cameron’s project is a metal flag encased in a wooden frame, designed to hang on a wall. He used the school’s PlasmaCAM, which cuts through metal based on a computer program that incorporates original designs. Cameron used plywood to lay out the wood-and-metal project, also creating a wood frame. He completed the project with a heavy coating of glaze.
“A lot of members of my family are involved in police work,” Cameron said, “and I wanted to provide reassurance that people — and young people — care about them.”
Andrew’s project is a metal flag within a table. He used the school’s PlasmaCAM to cut the steel for the flag design, laying it out using plywood and creating a wood border. His project also received a heavy coating of glaze for a shiny finish.
“I thought the police officers deserve our appreciation, and I built the table to show respect and inspire the officers,” Andrew said.
Each project incorporates a blue stripe within the flag as well as a 2017 penny to illustrate the year the displays were created.
The students’ projects and their impact on the Police Department are also being featured on Fox 4 and KMBC 9 local news programs with each station visiting the police station on Dec. 7.
Cameron Fisher with his industrial technology project.