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RACINE – Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling on Tuesday was presented with a two-by-three-foot wooden American flag made in a Horlick High School technology education class.

Leland Janasiak, a sophomore, constructed the flag project using a variety of tools, including table and miter saws, a torch, chisel, orbital sander, drill, clamps, wood glue and laser engraver. The American flag woodworking project, which took about a month to complete, is among several projects done by students in the tech ed class taught by James Bucholtz.

Sheriff Schmaling and Leland Janasiak

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling was presented with a woodworking flag by Leland Janasiak of Horlick High School. – Credit: Racine County Sheriff

After being presented with the wooden flag by Janasiak, the sheriff toured the classroom and reviewed the tools that were used for the project.

Bucholtz told the sheriff that student interest in woodworking and the American flag project has resulted in technology education class enrollment to more than double over the past two years. He added that some of the woodworking tools in the class are old and in disrepair.

The wooden American flags, produced by the Horlick students, have gone to law enforcement agencies, fire stations and US Veterans affairs offices.

Schmaling, meanwhile, promptly displayed the wooden flag made by Janasiak in his office at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center.

This article has been updated to correct the spelling of the last name of the flag maker, Leland Janasiak.


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