On the 11th anniversary of September 11, students throughout the Lynbrook School District paused to reflect on the meaning of that fateful day and to do their part to bring peace to the world.
Red, white and blue were the colors of the day Tuesday as children and staff dressed to show their patriotism during a 9/11 commemoration held at Waverly Park School. Continuing a longstanding tradition, students, faculty and staff formed a human chain and united to sing “Proud to Be an American.” Classes visited the school’s 9/11 garden throughout the day to write down their thoughts about ways they can make the world a better place. They collected their writings into two glass vases representing the Twin Towers, which were displayed in the lobby.
In an annual tradition, students at West End School, dressed in red, white and blue, took time to visit the peace pole on the front lawn of their school to reflect on ways they can promote peace in their daily lives.
Sixth-grade English teachers provided a focal point for discussion about the meaning of the day by reading the Jeanette Winters book “September Roses.” The book tells the true story of two African women who were in Manhattan on 9/11 for a flower show when tragedy struck. Using thousands of roses, they created an impromptu memorial to those lost. Since many sixth-graders were not yet born on September 11, 2001, they have no personal recollection of the tragic day. The lesson not only focused on discussing the facts surrounding the event, but also helped students become aware of the many feelings the day evokes for those who lived through it.
Click through the photos above to see glimpses of how Lynbrook students commemorated the 11th anniversary of 9/11. How did you mark the day?