PORT ST. LUCIE – FL — Northport always commemorates the tragedy of 9/11.
Each year, local veterans, first responders, police officers and guest speakers to bring the tragedy of Sept. 11 alive for sixth grade students in a meaningful way.
This year, due to Hurricane Irma, the program had to be rescheduled for a month and a half later. But in true Northport fashion, the show must go on and on it did.
Students listened to testimonials from Bill Arnold, local veteran and Northport Veteran Partner In Education, John McIntosh, Director of Operations for the American Security Council, one of our business partners.
They viewed a movie put together by Maryanne Warren, educating students about 9/11, the country’s response and Northport’s response, a musical selection called “Count On Me,” sung by Sandra Tyndale Harvey, and so much more that made the essential learning experience deeply moving and educational.
Northport students across the campus made posters and banners depicting the tragedy of 9/11. Teachers integrated lessons and discussions into their classroom curriculum.
This year, by participating in an essay contest, sixth grade students have an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C.
The winner and one parent will tour Washington, D.C. and attend the National Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery.
Teachers will reviewing the rules and norms for the essays. Essays must be 500 words or less on the topic, “What Freedom Means to You and What Protects Our Freedoms in this Country!”
Essays can be submitted for Northport sixth graders at www.stepupamericanprogram.com/essay.
Sixth grader Kevin Parra from Mrs. Allen’s class wrapped up student feelings. “I learned so much about the plane crashes and the Twin Towers, the people and especially the eight children who died. I just learned so much. It was so sad!”
Northport Media Center is officially dedicated to the eight children who perished on 9/11. It is memorialized as “Northport K-8 School 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Photo: (Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY LYNNE GRUSZKA)