New Haven Public Schools Commemorate 9/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, September 9, 2011
 
 
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450
 
 
 
JOHN C. DANIELS STUDENTS, STAFF FORM HUMAN CAHIN TO COMMEMORATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
 
 
Students and staff at John C. Daniels School of International Communication commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday by forming a human chain in the school’s hallways, singing patriotic songs and listening to speakers recount the events of that day.
 
 
 Principal Gina Wells said the event was intended not only to commemorate 9/11 and those who died, but also to educate the school’s kindergarten-to-8th grade students, many of whom were not yet born, about that day’s terrorist attacks.
 
 
 In addition to remembering 9/11, speakers paid tribute to American servicemen and women who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.
           
 
On Monday, September 12, John C. Daniels will further honor those who serve in the wake of attack by holding a rally to kick off the school’s participation in Soldiers Angels charity. Soldiers Angels is a non-profit organization that assists military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students will send food and supplies to servicemen and women and write them. The drive will end on Veterans Day, November 11.
 
 
 
Wells said that the school plans to have members of the armed services visit during the campaign to talk about their service.
 
 
 Other 9/11 events included:
 
 
James Hillhouse High School
 
 
Students will participate in the 911day.org campaign. The campaign honors 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose in service in response to the attacks by asking people to sign pledges to do a good deed or charitable activity in the coming year. Students signed pledges Friday morning.
 
 
East Rock School
 
 
Students were asked to dress in red, white and blue and bring in 25 cents each toward purchase of a commemorative cobblestone at the Memorial Plaza of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
 
 
Riverside Academy
 
 
Riverside Academy’s history department is having students interview people of three different ages about what they consider the greatest significance of 9/11.