Mastic Beach, NY - September 16, 2015 - Students and staff throughout the William Floyd School District commemorated the 14th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, by participating in various activities and projects for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
To highlight just a few, the William Floyd Elementary School community paid “tribute to the lost heroes, 9/11 families and those who rose in service” by hosting a food and school supply drive to help families in the William Floyd School District. Together, students and staff filled several large boxes with items to help their neighbors. Many also wore red, white and blue to show support for the nation’s military personnel and first responders.
At Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, second-grade classes made “Bags of Gratitude” for first responders and discussed their importance and what they contribute to society. Each bag contained pieces of candy which represented an aspect of service to the local community. Examples include “Lifesavers, to remind you of the many times you’ve been one; Starburst, for that burst of energy you’ll need; Gum, to help your unit stick together;” etc. The bags will be distributed to members of the Suffolk County Police Department’s 7th Precinct, a local fire department, and an ambulance company. Kindergarten students also created handprint American flags for display as a way to show unity.
Students at William Floyd Middle School created an American flag bulletin board with the statement, “Remembering 9/11 as We Salute Our Heroes,” surrounded by stars containing the names of each student’s personal hero. Additionally, Melissa Carlin’s 6th grade Family and Consumer Science classes created fingerprint flags to honor the 9/11 victims and celebrate strength through unity.
“Although many students weren’t even born when the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, it’s gratifying to see so many of them honoring and commemorating those lost and affected,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District.