A Little Piece of History Delivers a Large Lesson on 9/11

Glen Cove High School commemorated the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America by unveiling a piece of an I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center site.
The piece was donated by the family of NYPD Sergeant Peter Curly who was a member of the city’s Emergency Services Unit and was a first responder at the World Trade Center for both the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Sgt. Curly, who passed away in 2007, was a longtime member of the Glen Cove community. It was Glen Cove City Police Officer Mike Napoli who thought the beam would serve as a powerful educational tool for students in Glen Cove. Sgt. Curly’s widow, Mary Ann, and Glen Cove High School Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton both agreed.
Students had the opportunity to observe the 3” x 8” piece of beam in the Glen Cove High School auditorium at the end of the school day on Friday, September 9. A formal dedication ceremony is being planned for next week, in which the beam will be permanently placed in the school lobby for ongoing display. According to Dr. Hinton, several students have already come forward to offer ideas on a creative display for the beam. Students will also be asked to provide their thoughts on 9/11 and to “Remember, Reflect, and Respect” this tragic event in history and most importantly, learn from it.
Earlier in the day, Dr. Hinton led a ceremony of students and staff around the school flagpole. At Landing Elementary School, two flags honoring the heroes and the victims of the tragedy were unfurled and displayed for students to view. Every school in the Glen Cove School District either commemorated the anniversary on Friday, or is planning a ceremony for next week. Activities consist of moments of silence, patriotic songs and poems over the public address system, and special readings of the pledge of allegiance, among others to use the anniversary as a significant teaching moment.
“The message I gave to all of my students is to remain united as a school family and to be proud students and Americans,” said Connolly Principal Rosemarie Sekelsy. “The focus for today, and every day, is to be kind, and caring citizens.”