In what has become one of the most tragic acts of terrorism in the history of the U.S., the September 11, 2001 bombings have had a lasting effect on our lives. To honor the lives that were lost on 9/11 and those whose heroic rescue efforts helped saved many lives, Fort Bend ISD schools hosted tributes to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Sugar Mill Elementary School held a Patriot Day event that included a flag raising ceremony, patriotic songs led by music teacher Linda Koistinen and recognition of first responders representing the Fort Bend ISD Police Department, Houston ISD Police Department, and the Sugar Land Police Department. Beth Graham, principal at Sugar Mill Elementary, welcomed honorees and guests to the event, and shared the importance of honoring those whose lives were lost on 9/11.
Settlers Way Elementary School held its annual “Heroes Day” to honor first responders who serve their community. Honored were members of the Fort Bend ISD Police Department, the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office; the Rosenberg Police Department, the Sugar Land Fire Department, the Sugar Land Police Department, the Houston Police Department, and Texas Critical Care EMS (Emergency Medical Services). The program included the posting of colors by the Clements High School Navy JROTC, patriotic songs led by students, and a slide presentation honoring first responders and other U.S. heroes.
Students and staff at Drabek Elementary School hosted its “Our Hometown Heroes” ceremony to honor first responders and individuals who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. Devin Parker, music teacher, performed Taps on his trumpet. Third and fourth-grade students sang patriotic songs, and guests also enjoyed a PowerPoint presentation of more than 180 photos of Drabek student and staff family members who are currently serving or have served in the U.S. military. Before departing the event, each honoree received a thank-you note and a star pin attached to a ribbon designed by art teacher, Michele Rose.