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Schools Across Prince William Honor 9/11 Victims

By SUBMITTED NEWS September 12, 2013 3:20 pm

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – In Prince William County Public Schools and offices across the county Wednesday, students and employees observed a moment of silence to honor and remember those who lost their lives in a Pennsylvania field, at the Pentagon, and in the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Our school community is united in recognizing the courage of those who risked their lives to save innocent victims.

“Their heroic acts remind us all of the compassion, bravery, and sacrifice that is part of the fabric that makes America strong. Our thoughts and gratitude are with those in uniform who defend our country every day,” said Superintendent Steven Walts.

Parkside Middle recognized Patriot Day by declaring a Red, White, and Blue Spirit Day. Students and teachers wore the patriotic colors, and Parkside faculty and staff sponsored a jeans drive, each donating $1 or more to “Wear Jeans on Wednesday” spirit day. All money collected will be donated to the local fire and rescue department in honor of 9/11 – Patriot Day. The language arts classes have joined with Scholastic and their campaign, “I Will make a Difference” that honors the day. Students created cards for a bulletin board that displayed ways they were making a difference on Patriot’s Day.

Swans Creek Elementary held a Patriotic Sing-Along, and Girl Scout Troop 404 Color Guard participated in the observance of Patriot Day.

A group of second- and fourth-grade students at Pattie Elementary School led the entire school in singing “God Bless the USA,” under the direction of Music Teacher Wendy Frampton-Holly.