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UCPS honors those who died on 9/11

Members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office join students at Poplin Elementary for lunch to honor those in public service on 9/11.

Poplin Elementary and Cuthbertson High schools were two Union County Public Schools that honored and remembered the thousands of heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
   
At Poplin Elementary School, students invited area law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to come have lunch.
   
“We honor those who serve and remember this day for those who gave the greatest service and greatest sacrifice to citizens of our country on the anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001,” said Poplin Elementary principal Stephanie McManus.
   
The Key Club at Cuthbertson High School took charge of its schools weeklong activities, which ran from September 8 until September 11 in the first of what is slated to become an annual event. It culminated Friday with a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the school’s flagpole.
   
“For our first effort, this was a tremendous success,” said Cuthbertson High teacher and event organizer Ashley Woods. “I am so fortunate to work with so many caring individuals who helped make our ceremony a reality.” 
   
During this week, students honored a different emergency services agency each day, and asked fellow student to show their support by wearing the different colors assigned to each day.
   
On Tuesday (September 8, 2009) students honored the United States Armed Forces by wearing camouflage and yellow. Wednesday students honored firefighters and medical personal by wearing red and white.
   
Thursday students wore blue in honor of law enforcement officers, and on Friday, September 11, students honored the memory of those who died on 9/11 with a ceremony by the school’s flagpole at 7:30 am.
   
Students held a contest during the week to see which fourth-period class could raise the most money, which was then donated to the Waxhaw VFW, the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, the American Red Cross, the Waxhaw Police Department, and the 9/11 Memorial Fund.
   
The American Legion Post 208 from Waxhaw helped the school with the flag ceremony, while the school’s band played the National Anthem. Student Justine Nebel played Taps.
   
Eight white roses were placed on a pedestal at the base of the flagpole to symbolize the eight years since the tragedy and students also released eight white balloons.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 11, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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