Oakwood and Countrywood Reflection Ceremonies

Students at Oakwood, led by music teacher Ms. Pinelli sang the Star-Spangled Banner, Circle the Earth, and Proud to Be an American.
Students at Oakwood, led by music teacher Ms. Pinelli sang the Star-Spangled Banner, Circle the Earth, and Proud to Be an American.
Countrywood principal Ms. Kenney leads her school in lowering the flag to half-mast.
Countrywood principal Ms. Kenney leads her school in lowering the flag to half-mast.
There was no shortage of patriotism from our students and teachers at Oakwood Primary Center.
There was no shortage of patriotism from our students and teachers at Oakwood Primary Center.
Led by Countrywood music teacher Mr. Adam Slawitsky, students sang beautiful renditions of ‘This Land is Your Land’ and ‘God Bless the USA.’
Led by Countrywood music teacher Mr. Adam Slawitsky, students sang beautiful renditions of ‘This Land is Your Land’ and ‘God Bless the USA.’

On the morning of September 12, 2016, all of the students, faculty, and staff of Countrywood and Oakwood Primary Centers gathered outside of their respective schools for a 9/11-memorial ceremony. Everyone stood and sang patriotic songs to honor the victims and heroes. In their classrooms, students learned how to honor and care for our flag. At both schools, our principals along with their custodians demonstrated the raising of the flag and then lowered it to half-mast and explained the significance of that action.

“The American spirit was bruised on September 11, 2001, and our nation was wounded, but that pain didn't stop first responders from running towards danger, prevent families from lining the streets to give blood, or deter school children and teachers from packing boxes of supplies to assist people they had never even met,” said Dr. Bennardo in his message to the community. “So, as we remember 9/11, let us pray for the families that sacrificed so much, and remember the things that bind us together and make our country special 'through thick and thin.'"