Clear Stream Avenue students, staff and families gathered around the flagpole at the front of the school to commemorate Patriot Day on Sept. 11. Each year on the anniversary of Sept. 11, the students and staff show their American pride while honoring the brave individuals who risked their lives on that tragic day in history 18 years ago.
Principal John Singleton addressed the school community on the front steps of the building as he reflected on the day. He also encouraged students to be heard, connecting to the district’s theme of the year, “Lift Every Voice.”
“I’m always reminded on this day to not only commemorate the memories of those who we lost, but to unify us as a nation, community and school,” he said. “As I look out on this sea of red, white and blue, I can truly say that it’s time for our student’s voices to be heard.”
Mr. Singleton welcomed sixth graders Mishal Javed and Matthew Pico to the podium where the two students recited a patriotic poem. Students and staff then faced the flagpole for the Pledge of Allegiance and the sixth grade chorus, led by teacher Stephanie Cooke, performed the National Anthem. Before returning to their classrooms, Mr. Singleton encouraged the school community to come together as a family and for the staff to educate the students on the significant day in history through important lessons and stories.