9/11 Reflections at Garrison School
On the morning of Friday, September 9, the Garrison School held a remembrance for victims of the 9/11 attacks. Following the pledge to the flag, the entire school recognized a moment of silence and then middle school girls volunteered to sing the following verses from “America the Beautiful.”
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
“When the girls were singing, you could hear a pin drop,” said Garrison School Principal Stephanie Impellittiere. “It was a beautiful, meaningful and moving moment. As we reflect on September 11th and the significance of this day in American history, our responsibility as adults and educators is to help children understand that we can learn from the past while looking to the future.”
The remembrance of 9/11 was announced on the board in the entrance to the school, and included the question, “How can you be a hero?” encouraging all to consider service to others.
Throughout the day, teachers utilized articles about 9/11 from student weekly news magazines; video clips, a documentary from the Smithsonian; and poetry to engage the upper grade students in age-appropriate discussions of this event and its impact on our country.