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Remembering 9/11 at Glen Cove Schools

On Monday morning, all students and faculty at Gribbin School gathered around an American flag that was flying at half staff to honor the 21st anniversary of 9/11. They participated in a moment of silence after they recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Francine Santoro spoke about the importance of honoring those who sacrificed their lives for us and remembering those we lost. Music teachers, Lauren Polansky and Joy Sullivan sang, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. The teachers received the book written by students, September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right, to read to their students. 

Deasy School participated in patriotic celebrations which fostered national pride and celebrated our daily heroes. Students learned about patriotic symbols and created remembrance chains with those symbols which were hung in their classrooms. Teachers also took students outside and sat under our American flag as they read books about heroes and discussed being kind to one another.

Connolly and Landing School students on the third grade team learned about the heroes of 9/11 and the importance of Patriot Day. They created watches and ribbons to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. The 4th grade team read, The Man in the Red Bandana and identified the characteristics of a hero which were written on paper bandanas. The 5th grade team discussed that not all heroes wear capes and then wrote on hearts thank you letters to our local heroes. Students created a 9/11 quilt, Quilt Squares to Remember 9/11. When the quilt squares are all completed, we will put them together and make a class September 11th Remembrance Quilt. In addition, Landing School showed its unity and honored our fallen heroes by wearing red, white and blue on September 12th.

Finley Middle School students evaluated primary and secondary sources in a 9/11 Gallery Walk with their social studies teachers. They paired up to examine photos taken on September 11, 2001. They wrote down their reactions, feelings or questions next to each picture. Students then discussed the ways in which the events of September 11, 2001 still impact and are relevant to us today.

Glen Cove High School participated in a multitude of activities. The day commenced with Principal Allen Hudson paying tribute to our fallen heroes and innocent victims in a heartfelt morning message to the entire school over the PA system, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Ninth graders in AP Human Geography examined the events of 9/11 and the global impact through maps. They applied their knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) to understand  real-life scenarios of the use and benefits of such geographic tools. Our tenth and eleventh grade teams participated in this year’s Anniversary in our Schools webinar hosted by the 9/11 memorial & museum. The Seniors discussed the events of 9/11 and how important it is to never forget the impact one person can have on the lives of many. They are currently deciding on their Senior civic engagement project which could award them with the Seal of Civic Readiness on their diploma. Finally, our Rho Kappa national social studies honor club decided to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 by lining the entrances of our elementary school with miniature flags. All in all, September 11, 2022 marked the 21-year anniversary of the attacks and the Glen Cove Schools grades K-12 social studies teachers and students did a remarkable job at never forgetting, honoring and learning valuable lessons.