Students across the district reflected on the meaning of Sept. 11 through activities inside and outside the classroom this week. The day’s most visible tribute occurred Wednesday when members of the Ottawa Hills Marching Band played the National Anthem in front of the Liberty Memorial flagpole. (Watch the video on Facebook).
In the Elementary School, fifth graders learned about the events through discussions, videos, and articles. They also were introduced to 9/11 historical fiction books to choose for their independent reading.
In addition, students in Angela Parker’s and Christine Dever’s classrooms were assigned two activities outside the classroom: interviewing an adult about his or her memories of that day (and then sharing those memories back in the classroom) and performing a good deed to pay tribute to the heroes and victims of 9/11. Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske shared his memories of 9/11 with some of the fifth-grade social studies classes.
Sixth graders are working on a social studies project about heroes and artifacts of 9/11 under the guidance of teachers Cheri Palko and Andrea Williamson.
At the high school, students in teacher Steve Bobak’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course are conducting oral history interviews of an adult in their life and the individual’s memories of 9/11.
“The students are audio or video recording their interviews and then summarizing the responses,” Mr. Bobak said. “The ones I have listened to so far have been very touching memories. I hear students and their parents connecting in a very endearing way by sharing an important time in their lives and imparting valuable lessons.”