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Peoria schools observe 9/11 with commemorative events


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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Photos Courtesy Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun

A number of schools in the Peoria Unified School District will pay tribute to those individuals affected by the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001 by holding commemorative events throughout the district.

Events taking place on Thursday, Sept. 11 are listed below:

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Peoria High School band members warm up before a ceremony remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Photo courtesy of Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun.

Copperwood Elementary School –11232 N. 65th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85304

Copperwood is holding a Breakfast for the Brave from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. for all first responders. The breakfast will be held in the school’s cafeteria and is a tribute to those who serve.

Country Meadows Elementary School – 8409 N. 111th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345

There will be a student-led ceremony and flag-raising in front of the school just after 8:40 a.m. Announcements will include a poem and message from a student from New York that experienced 9/11 and the changes that occurred after.

Desert Harbor Elementary School – 15585 N. 91st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Desert Harbor will hold the fourth annual “Walk of Honor” at 8:30 a.m. Police, fire, military or emergency service personnel are invited to attend this event. Attendees are asked to meet in the school’s multipurpose room for pastries and coffee at 8 a.m. Morning announcements will include a commemorative message and following the announcements, the special guests will be escorted down a “Walk of Honor” where staff and students will recognize and honor those who dedicate their lives to our community and country.

Frontier Elementary School – 21258 N. 81st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Frontier will hold their annual Heroes Luncheon from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for firefighters, police officers, first responders and soldiers – past and present.

Lake Pleasant Elementary School – 31501 N. Westland Road, Peoria, AZ 85383

Lake Pleasant will hold an assembly in the multipurpose room at 8:30 a.m. The choir students will lead everyone in the National Anthem. The assembly will include a number of readings and a memorial video.

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Peoria High School at a ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Photo courtesy Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun

Marshall Ranch Elementary School – 12995 N. Marshall Ranch Drive, Glendale, AZ 85304

The United States Air Force National Guard will hold a flag presentation and folding along with Q&A session about the events on 9/11 and serving the military supports our country. They are planning to be in the cafeteria from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Peoria High School – 11200 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345

The Peoria High School band and AFJROTC will perform an annual flag ceremony at the flagpole at 7:35 a.m. All classes who wish to observe are invited. The band will play the National Anthem as the flag is raised and then Taps as it is lowered to half-staff. The Cadet Commander will speak. The program is anticipated to take approximately 10 minutes.

Vistancia Elementary School – 30009 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria, AZ 85383

Vistancia will commemorate the day by providing a learning opportunity for their students in the library. A staff member, Jody Beltram, will bring a full-size copy of every flag (35 iterations) that has been used in America, including a copy of the one that George Washington carried as he and his troops crossed the Delaware. All classes will visit the library to learn about the American flag and its evolution.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

NOTE: Media is asked to RSVP to the Public Relations Department at 623-486-6100 or edunsey@peoriaud.k12.az.us if they would like to attend any of these events.