Fayetteville schools list September 11 commemoration events

Fayetteville school officials today released a preliminary list of events to be held on Friday, Sept. 9 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

This list is being updated as events are added.

Asbell Elementary – At the morning assembly on Friday, teachers will read to students with a focus on peace. Throughout the day, classes will go out and tie a yellow ribbon around the trees lining the back of the school. Students of different grade levels will be asked to wear red, white, and/or blue.

Butterfield Trail Elementary – Butterfield Trail’s fifth grade class will sponsor a breakfast for area police, fire fighters, early responders, and military personnel (active or retired). The breakfast and short program honoring these public servants will begin at 9 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

FHS (Bob McKee’s class) – Mr. McKee is doing a day of reflection on the 9/11 events in his AP Government and Human Geography classes on Monday, 9/12. It will consist of a presentation of a large collage display that his students at the time of the attacks made, a showing of photos of the event and some commemorative magazines from the time period, a viewing of a video made by people with the first firefighters to arrive at the World Trade Center, and a discussion.

Vandergriff Elementary – The 5th grade classes at Vandergriff will place white cups in the fencing along the track between Vandergriff Elementary and McNair Middle School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cups will spell out messages of hope such as “Let Freedom Ring” and “We Love The USA.”

Woodland Jr. High – Each WJHS student will research victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to gain a deeper understanding of the tragedy. This will be done through all social studies classes prior to Sept. 11. Additionally, each student will be given a small American flag and asked to attach a red, white or blue ribbon to the flag bearing their victim’s name. This will be done in homerooms prior to Sept. 11. On Friday, during 2nd period home room, a student body ceremony will be held where each flag will be planted on the front lawn in designated areas for NYC, PA and DC, according to the location of the victim. The school band will play the Star Spangled Banner while the school choirs sing. The flags will remain in the yard over the weekend.

FHS TV – FHS TV has created a video that will run before the kickoff of the Friday night football game at Harmon Field.