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Waterloo kindergartner presented with Braille American flag

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Six-year-old Jaxton Engstrom of Waterloo says the Pledge of Allegiance at his school, Orange Elementary, every day.

But on Thursday, Jaxton, who is visually impaired, was able to actually read it -- thanks to a special flag of the United States enhanced with Braille.

The flag was donated by women from the Cedar Falls chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It was presented to him with his grandfather, a veteran, in a school assembly.

It has textured stripes, embossed stars and includes the words to the Pledge of Allegiance in Braille. Braille is a system of raised printing read by touch for the visually impaired.

"Braille is something you don't see very often, and it's very difficult to get things," said his mom, Tina Engstrom. "I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like he has opportunities."

Engstrom said they'll probably keep the flag at Orange Elementary until Jaxton moves on to fifth grade.

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