(SEPTEMBER 2022)—This year marks the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. On Friday, September 9, Valley Steam UFSD Thirteen students wore red, white, and blue to remember and honor the first responders and the lives lost on that day.
Wheeler Avenue Elementary School students read Fireboat by Maira Kalman, an inspiring true story of John J. Harvey, a retired New York City fireboat reinstated on September 11, 2001, and then discussed the qualities of a hero and reflected on their own everyday heroes.
Willow Road Elementary School was filled with patriotic colors. Students participated in various activities including hosting a snack food drive to benefit the INN in Hempstead during the week of September 12 in honor of Patriots’ Day.
Howell Road Elementary School had a brief ceremony during their morning announcements during which students recited poems, spoke about what service means and how we honor this day of service. A moment of silence was held.
James A. Dever Elementary School participated in an outdoor poetry assembly. Students sang the national anthem and as the students recited poems, everyone reflected on the heroism and sorrow of the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001.