Special observances took place last Tuesday in Palos School District 118 to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Students wore red, white, and blue, and participated in ceremonies and age appropriate activities throughout the day at each school.
In the morning, Palos East students gathered in the gym to reflect on the events of 9/11 and pose for a special human flag photo. Palos West’s school day began by gathering outdoors around the American flag flying at half-staff to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and remember both those who lost their lives on 9/11, and the first responders.
At Palos South Middle School, students had a morning reflection where essays were read, and a moment of silence was observed. Assistant Principal Kim Phelan said, “Our goal is to help our students always remember what happened, honor those who were affected, and recognize how fortunate we are to be a part of a united and strong country.”
Following all of the ceremonies, students went outdoors to participate in the Laps for Literature fundraiser, sponsored by the Palos 118 Educational Foundation. Money raised goes towards improvements and books for the Media Centers at each of the schools.