September 8, 2016
Whole School Flag Project Commemorates the 15 Year Anniversary of 9/11
Do you realize that elementary students in the classroom today were not born before the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11, which took place fifteen years ago this month? Many in our nation feel it is our responsibility to pass this piece of history on to the next generation so it will not be forgotten. The founders of the 9/11 Day organization hope to make something positive out of this tragedy.
"Our goal is to rekindle and reinforce the important lessons of empathy, service and unity that arose from the 9/11 tragedy," said David Paine, president and co-founder of 9/11 Day, "and to encourage all Americans and our leaders to work more closely together again as one nation to address the challenges facing our society."
With this spirit in mind, the teachers and staff of St. Mary School began a school-wide flag making project that spanned all ages and grades and incorporate all subject areas. Led by the Junior High teachers, students in K-7 looked at the flag in math lessons, while the 8th graders helped to use their knowledge of proportions and angles to figure out how to create star patterns to be shared across the school. K-2nd traced stars, while 3rd – 5th cut and glued. Junior High students worked to dye the fabric in the science lab and in English; they translated the words of The Star Spangled Banner into their own words.
The project was then sewn together by the school secretary Karyn Brown and raised during a “Pray for Peace” service on 9/12. Mrs. Amber Yeager shared the story of the flag after a blessing by Father Dan Redmond. All students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America”.
The flag will continue to fly outside the school building as a constant reminder of what our country stands for and the history of our struggle and resilience as a community.