Elkin Middle School had a tough assignment Wednesday: teach the importance of Sept. 11 to children who were either not born or not aware of what was going on that fateful Tuesday 12 years ago.
For three years now the school has had an annual “Day of Service” on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. As each year passes fewer and fewer students have personal memories of the events, and the effect it had on modern times begins to fade into history books.
The day of service is a way to get every student and staff member involved in their community each year - a living tribute to the firefighters, police, military and other community workers who lost their lives or had them forever changed by the tragedy.
Pam Colbert, EMS Principal, started the day off with an assembly to try and share with students why this day is not just a date on the calendar anymore.
“I spoke to students about honoring those who lost lives that day and those who have lost lives since that day serving in the military,” Colbert said.
Explaining something so complex and world-altering can be harder explain to students who did not see the non-stop television coverage of planes and flames.
“Our students at middle school were not born or were only infants when the events of 9/11 occurred,” Colbert said.
The school split students into groups and sent them out into the community to help others - a symbol of the community service shown in 2001.
Group projects included:
- washing police and fire vehicles
- volunteering with residents at Parkwood Place
- doing yard work and planting flowers
- mulching, weeding and working in the classrooms at Elkin Elementary
- weeding, cleaning and mulching at the National Guard Armory
- weeding, mulching, planting flowers and painting bike rails at Elkin Middle
- washing and cleaning activity buses at the Central Office
- running a car wash for donations toward Elkin Elementary’s Back Pack program for feeding students
- organizing a cookout for all the workers and students after the day ended.
Area businesses, parents and staff helped make the day a success.
The middle school would like to thank Pepsi, Walmart, Price Equipment, Mazinni’s, Elkin District Maintenance staff, Miranda Gray and Lowe’s.
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