Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: September 21, 2021
Students throughout the Levittown Public Schools recently observed Patriot Day through meaningful and age-appropriate class lessons, discussions and activities.
Among the many lessons, Lee Road second graders in Ashley Roland’s class created red and white ribbons decorated with hearts and pictures which represented their heroes. The students cut out and glued pictures of firefighters, police officers and medical personnel on the ribbons to commemorate and never forget the bravery of the heroes on Sept. 11, 2001.
Heroes were also on full display at East Broadway Elementary School. A Hall of Heroes was unveiled outside of the school’s main office to honor the men and women who have proudly served or who are currently serving the community and country. The idea was sparked by second grade teacher Amanda Causeman with the help of Diana Pretter, Pat Guzikowski, Lisa McQuail and Principal Jordan Margolis.
“We wanted to show solidarity and respect to those who have sacrificed so much for all of us,” said Ms. Causeman.
East Broadway students and staff submitted pictures and information about a servicemember in his or her life to be spotlighted in the hallway. This included 35 military personnel, police officers and firefighters. The project is ongoing as the school plans to add more heroes as the year continues.
Over at Summit Lane Elementary School, fifth graders in Jennifer O’Brien’s class learned about the significance of Patriot Day during the course of two days. Together, the class read “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” by Mordicai Gerstein and listened and analyzed the song “Where Were You” (When the World Stopped Turning) by Alan Jackson. They also watched a video which highlighted the heroic efforts of ferry operators and every day civilians as they evacuated Manhattan by boat on Sept. 11, 2001. To conclude their lesson, each student wrote about how firefighters, police officers, emergency medical service workers, doctors and nurses are heroes.
1) Summit Lane fifth grader Sophia Nocerino celebrated American heroes with her class while learning about Sept. 11, 2001.
2) East Broadway Elementary School’s Hall of Heroes.
3) Lee Road second graders created ribbons to honor American heroes.
Photos courtesy of the Levittown Public Schools