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Eastside Elementary group marks anniversary of terrorist attacks

Michael Mills, 9, places flags along the perimeter of the Memorial Garden last week .


Michael Mills, 9, places flags along the perimeter of the Memorial Garden last week .

BROOKSVILLE — Eastside Elementary School K-Kids gathered early on Sept. 9 at the school's Memorial Garden, taking small American flags from adviser and third-grade teacher Cindy Kinner and placing them around the fence, in the palm tree and around the pond.

The garden, built eight years ago by members of Eastside K-Kids — the elementary-level Kiwanis-sponsored service club — is a reminder of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It has been decorated each year in honor of the anniversary.

The students this year set out flags, fourth-grader Paige Sanders, 9, said, "to remember all the people that died."

We remember them, she said, "because they were part of our planet and we appreciate what they were doing."

The garden was built in May 2002 as the school year was ending and the students were trying to decide on a school project. "Every year it's been a place to make a lesson," Kinner said.

She pointed out that as a third-grade teacher, some of her students were not even born when the attacks happened. "This is a history lesson," Kinner said. "It's in the books now."

Samantha Shipley, 10, is in the fifth grade and is the Eastside K-Kids president. "Here at school, because the soldiers who went across (the world) who fought for our freedom and the people who died, we just have to remember them."

Fourth-grader Tyler Langenberg, 10, is the K-Kids sergeant at arms. He explained why they were out making the garden special. "Because you know that plane crash in 2001, I think we decorated this for them," he said, "whoever got hit."

Eastside Elementary group marks anniversary of terrorist attacks 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7:06pm]
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