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Peoria Unified holds commemorative events in observance of 9/11


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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

Desert Harbor Elementary School Students Visit With A Guest During Their Walk Of Honor Observance Of 9/11 In 2014. Photo Courtesy Peoria Unified School District

 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 Friday, Sept. 11 are listed below:

Canyon Elementary School – 5490 W. Paradise Lane, Glendale, AZ 85306

Canyon is holding a Hugs for Heroes parade at 9 a.m. in the amphitheater. The breakfast will be held in the school’s cafeteria and is a tribute to those who serve.  All military and first responders are invited to walk in the parade as there will be music and kids cheering them along.

Centennial High School – 14388 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85381

Centennial football will be hosting Highland High School in a home game at 7 p.m. At the game, 2,977 American flags will be displayed to represent those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

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

Peoria Unified holds commemorative events in observance of 9/11 DesertHarbor911ObservanceHP

Desert Harbor Elementary School students visit with a guest during their Walk of Honor observance of 9/11 in 2014. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Desert Harbor will hold the fourth annual “Walk of Honor” at 9:11 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 8:45 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 outside the school’s front office from 11 a.m. – 1 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 at 8:30 a.m. where the band will play the National Anthem, a memorial video will be shown and a number of patriotic readings will be given from students and staff.

Oasis Elementary School – 7841 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85381

At 8:30 a.m.., Oasis students and staff will be participating in a raising of the flag ceremony in front of the office. Oasis will also remember the nation’s fallen heroes by hanging a display just outside the west end of campus spelling “Never forget” using red solo cups. Each grade level was given a white or blue stripe to write a personal heartfelt message which will be used to create a large American flag which will be displayed in the front of the school. Students are in the process of writing letters to police and firemen which will be delivered to numerous stations on Sept. 11.

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 give a presentation to students and staff who are present.

Sky View Elementary School – 8624 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85381

Sky View will hold an assembly outside in the amphitheater from 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. During the assembly, the school band will play a song, Peoria High School ROTC will be presenting the colors and a few students will deliver a prepared speech.

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 and historical collector, Jody Beltram, will bring a plethora of military items to display. 40 medals along with several rare and named Purple heart groupings, a rare set of U.S. Air Force WWII sterling silver wings, and several uniforms and flags will be on display to see.  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 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.