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For Immediate Release: September 8, 2017
Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
GCS Commemorates September 11
“United We Educate and Serve” teaches students about the historic day,
while encouraging community service
Greensboro, N.C. – Most GCS students weren’t yet born on September 11, 2001, but they are learning about this pivotal day in American history through service-learning.
Students across Guilford County Schools are participating in a districtwide service-learning experience, “United We Educate and Serve.” They are working together and learning to be empathetic by giving back in remembrance of September 11. Some of their outreach will be directed to local emergency responders, and others will assist hurricane relief efforts.
The GCS Character Development Department received a $1,500 grant from Youth Service America to spearhead this learning opportunity for students.
Here’s what some schools are doing on Monday, Sept. 11:
* Nathanael Greene Elementary: Students will learn about the events that happened on 9/11 and read “Increase the Peace: The ABCs of Tolerance.” They will create ABC books about 9/11 to share with their peers.
* Alamance Elementary: Third-graders will read stories about New York police officer Will Jimeno, a fireboat that assisted with rescue evacuations and “September 12th: The Day We Knew Everything Would Be All Right,” followed by a discussion about heroes. They will create artwork with explanations of what it means to be a hero.
* Brooks Global Studies: The school concludes its coin drive for the American Red Cross on Sept. 11. Second-, fourth- and fifth-graders have written letters to children in hurricane shelters offering words of kindness to send along with their Red Cross donation. Other students recognized and thanked Hurricane Harvey’s first responders with pictures of helicopter and boat rescues.
* Archer Elementary: Firefighters and police officers will visit from 3-5 p.m. to speak with students, who are making cards for all first responders.
* Guilford Elementary: Students will share information on the school’s morning show, and teachers are planning a grade-level based activity for all students in observance of 9/11.
* Hunter Elementary: The ACES program made a handprint flag banner to hang in the cafeteria for students to see on Monday. Also on Monday, students will wear red, white and blue to honor those lost on 9/11, and they will reflect on the events that occurred that day. Volunteer Amber Fitts will read the book, “The Little Chapel that Stood.” Afterward, students will plant flags in front of the school. A service-learning campus beautification is also scheduled that day.
* Parkview Elementary: Students will showcase a Wall of Heroes featuring their families. They will interview their own family members – active service members or someone whom they perceive as a hero to be represented on a bulletin board.
* Jamestown Middle: Teacher Linda Magley’s students will read articles about Sept. 11 and the heroes who emerged during that time. Students will also learn about a doll found at the site of the World Trade Towers and make a paper quilt based on heroes.
* Jackson Middle: Teacher Patricia Chambliss’ class will complete a lesson around the major impacts of 9/11. The assignment will require them to learn about themes, summarization and citing textual evidence. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, students will then make thank you cards for local first responders and military personnel.
* Kiser Middle: The CARE Club will take baked goods and cards to local fire and police stations in the area between 1:30-2:15 p.m.
* Southern High: Students will research the events of 9/11 and speak to firefighters to hear how that day impacted their profession. They will also assist the fire department with the seventh annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday Sept. 16. The chorus will sing the National Anthem and the National Honor Society students will assist with the event in a number of ways. More details about the event are here
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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