We Will Never Forget

September 27, 2023

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. On Monday, September 11, Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen students wore red, white, and blue to remember and pay tribute to the heroes and the victims lost on that day.

Schools in Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen participated in various classroom activities and events to further deepen their understanding of Patriot Day. Teachers lead discussions in their classrooms, encouraging students to reflect on the events of 9/11 and the impact it had on our nation.  For example, Willow Road Elementary School students read Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman, then discussed the many heroes who risked their lives on September 11, 2001. 

Wheeler Avenue Elementary School participated in a Live Flip event. Students joined in on a virtual conversation about the power of doing good for each other led by writer and journalist, Jenna Bush Hager. She shared with the class about how 9/11 became a National Day of Service and how everyone can make a difference by doing their own good deed to honor the day.

James A. Dever Elementary School held a ceremony outside where students wore red, white, and blue. Students recited poems and sang patriotic songs to honor the day and remember the lives lost by first responders. Back in their classrooms, students had meaningful conversations about what a hero was and completed 9/11-themed activities. 

Howell Road Elementary School commemorated Patriot Day during their morning announcements. Students guided the school through respectful moments of remembrance by reading patriotic poems and holding a moment of silence to remember the lives lost.