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9/11 & Monday Assembly

posted Sep 9, 2011, 2:38 PM by
Parents & Community,

This Sunday will mark the ten year anniversary of September 11, 2001. For many of us we know exactly the magnitude of emotion and feeling that day brought to us as a country, state, community, and individually. Through some conversations this week with other staff members it’s clear to me that the happenings of that tragic day are still a detailed memory for many of us. Many of us can also remember the flood of emotions that ran through us on that day and the weeks to follow. Sadness, pain, and hate came quickly but was followed by a burst of American pride, patriotism, love, and brotherhood. 
At Andrew Schools only our middle school students were alive on September 11, 2001 and all of them are too young to have any recollection of the days events. For this reason alone, we feel it’s incredibly important to not only honor the lives that were lost on that day but also use part of the day to teach our youth about what September 11 means to our country. To us today, it’s not about the terrorist attacks but rather the heroism of firefighters, police officers, EMTs, everyday American citizens, and many more that gave their life to save others. It’s about all Americans coming together in unity to continue to bolster the words “home of the free, land of the brave”. It’s about everyone sacrificing time, money, energy, and much more to provide for many victims that day and for our military service that followed. 
Unfortunately, September 11 falls on a Sunday this year. So, on Monday, September 12 we will be hosting a 30 minute assembly, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for the entire school to honor and remember that day. We want to encourage parents and community members to attend with us that day. The event will begin with the pledge of allegiance followed quickly by the junior high band playing “America the Beautiful”. I’ll be making a few remarks to the students before watching a 13 minutes video titled “The Man in the Red Bandanna”. This video is about an incredible young man who saved many lives in the World Trade Center. The video was produced and aired on ESPN this past week (video is embedded below). After the video, the 4th-8th grade choir will sing a song to end our assembly. We are also encouraging students to wear red, white, and blue to school on Monday. 
At the bottom of this page you will find links of more 9/11 resources to use with your child. Remember, all parents and community members are welcome to attend on September 12 @ 8:30 a.m. in the Andrew gym. Have a wonderful weekend. 

The Man in the Red Bandanna