A Louisiana state senator is traveling throughout his district and teaching an important history lesson to students across Northwest Louisiana. Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Dist. 36, has visited 41 schools in Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne and Webster Parishes to tell the empowering and encouraging story behind the Louisiana State Flag. Wednesday he spent time at Greenacres Middle School in Bossier City. “I think it’s important to remind these young men and women that Louisiana is a great state,” Gatti said. “The story of our flag, you can’t get away from that, it’s a powerful story of self-sacrifice.” On the flag, a female pelican is depicted in a nest with three of her babies. Gatti spoke with students about the sacrifices of the “Mama Pelican” and how those lessons can be applied to their everyday lives. “Everyone has someone in their life that’s sacrificed their time, talent, or treasure,” Gatti said.