Jan. 29 Mount Elden Middle School’s Animal Society Club and Student Council led “Hands Out, We Appreciate You” assembly to thank Flagstaff first responders and to honor Officer Tyler Stewart.
The students showed their appreciation for all agencies in the Flagstaff area. There was a 24-second moment of silence in Stewart’s honor.
Over 80 student entries were submitted for an essay/art contest and the four essay winners and two art winners presented their work on the stage. All submissions were compiled into a book and presented to Police Chief Kevin Treadway for his department.
Mayor Jerry Nabours was the emcee of the event. Coconino County District 4 Supervisor Mandy Metzger and Treadway addressed the students and congratulated them on their wonderful assembly.
Many first responders were in attendance and the students handed them blue wrist bands with the “Hands Out, We Appreciate You” slogan and taught the audience the cheer that goes with the slogan.
All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will go to Stewart’s family and they can be purchased for $1 at the Mount Elden Middle School office.
The MEMS Symphonic Band and Orchestra played several songs to the delight of the audience and impressed all adults in the room. A popular phrase from adults was “they did not sound like a middle school band.”
This event was well covered by the media and stories can be found on the following websites:
NAZ Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAI64k1R8No
Pictures of the event can be seen on the FUSD Facebook page.
Congratulations to these amazing students for their thoughtfulness and drive to make this event of appreciation happen.