W. Frankfort Schools to Host 9-11 Remembrance

Sep 8, 2016

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

The West Frankfort School District is hosting a special program to remember that tragic day.

High School Principal Bethany Shaw says 18-hundred students from pre-K through 12th grade will sing, read poems and honor the sacrifices made by first responders.

Shaw says it's great to see students - who weren't even born when the attacks occurred - get so excited about honoring those who paid the ultimate price that day.

"I think that it's important we highlight the sacrifices that were made and we continue to say that yes, that was a dark day in our society, but we grew from it, we learned and now we move forward and try to take positive steps each year."

Shaw says the students will also honor local law enforcement, firefighters, first responders and military veterans with a breakfast and program recognition. She says school officials thought it was important to recognize local public servants following this summer's attacks on police across the country.
 
"I think, especially at the school, it's important for us to build those relationships with the people that we come into contact with in the community. And to show our students that interaction with law enforcement and first responders shouldn't be on a negative basis. They should be able to see them in other lights and understand that they're part of our community and that they're here to do what's best for us."

She says the breakfast starts at 8:30 Friday morning in the West Frankfort High School cafeteria. The program starts at 9 in Max Morris Gymnasium.