9/11 Commemorated in Glen Cove Schools

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On Friday, September 9 and Monday, September 12, the Glen Cove Schools commemorated the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the United States with multiple ceremonies and activities to honor the memories of those who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
 
At Gribbin and Landing Elementary Schools, students participated in ceremonies at the school flagpole. On September 12, Gribbin Principal Francine Santoro read a special poem to students:
 
Don't forget to wash your face
Don't forget to brush your teeth
Don't forget to do your homework
Don't forget to wear your jacket
Don't forget to clean your room
Don't forget to take a bath
After September 11th, we wake up with a list of "Remembers"
Remember to greet the sun each morning
Remember to enjoy every meal
Remember to thank your parents for their hard work
Remember to honor those who keep you safe
Remember to value each person you meet
Remember to respect other's beliefs
Always remember, never forget.

 
Music teacher JoAnn Criblez performed “America the Beautiful,” after which Gribbin students participated in a moment of silence. Principal Santoro also reminded students to read the book “September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright,” written and illustrated by first-grade students from H. Byron Masterson Elementary School in Kennet, Missouri.
 
On September 9 at Landing School, students dressed in red, white and blue to show their patriotism and sang “God Bless America,” led by music teacher Rosita Mallo. Two flags honoring the heroes and victims were unfurled and displayed for students to view. Afterward, “God Bless the USA,” sung by Lee Greenwood, was broadcast over the public address system.
 
At Connolly School, students gathered in the gym to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and observe a moment of silence in unity. At Deasy School, second graders read a special poem, "I'm Proud to Be an American," over the public address system. Students also sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” recited the Pledge, and held a moment of silence.
 
At Glen Cove High School, Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton led a ceremony of students and staff around the school flagpole. The school also unveiled a piece of an I-beam recovered from Ground Zero, which will be permanently displayed at the school. At Finley Middle School, students also participated in a moment of silence as well as in-class discussions. Seventh graders will soon begin designing their own pinwheels in honor of the victims of 9/11 and will plant them on the school lawn during World Peace Day on September 21.