The Long Beach Public Schools commemorated Patriot Day and the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 in a variety of meaningful ways. Throughout the district, many students and staff members wore red, white and blue and honored the lives that were lost, acknowledged heroes and explored ways to make a positive difference in the world.
At Long Beach High School, Assistant Principal Dr. Andrew Smith read a statement about the tragic events of September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Students and staff members shared in a moment of silence and reflected on the significance of unity, resilience, hope and peace.
Social studies classes at both the high school and middle school participated in the webinar created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in observance of the somber day that occurred two decades ago.
Several East School teachers read books that teach about the events of Sept. 11 in an age-appropriate manner. East also featured the story of the Survivor Tree, written by Cheryl Somers Aubin, with storyboards and posters that were fastened to the south playground fence to create an interactive story walk that will remain on display.
These are just some of the many tributes that Long Beach schools held in remembrance of September 11.