MacAfee Road School Students Commemorate Sept. 11 By Thanking First Responders

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Students at MacAfee Road School sing “God Bless America” at the end of their Sept. 11 commemoration. Looking on are first responders who were given more than 450 “thank-you” cards from the students.

More than 450 “thank-you” cards and letters written by MacAfee Road School students were delivered to township first responders on Sept. 11.

The event was the school’s first official commemoration of the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

On hand were representatives from the township police department and several fire departments, East Franklin, Middlebush and Little Rock Hill.

School principal Bill Grippo told the students, for whom Sept. 11 is a history lesson, rather than a memory, that they were “sitting in the presence of truly great heroes and true greatness, on such a special day in America.”

“The fact that you wrote special letters and practiced music to honor our police and fire fighters is truly a win for MacAfee Road,” he said.

Mayor Chris Kelly thanked the students, faculty and administrators for the event.

“It was a terrible day,” he said of Sept. 11, but events such as this one “turn it into something good, reflecting on all that is good in the world.”

During the program, six 4th Grade students read their letters, thanking the fire fighters and police for their efforts.

Susan Lenczewski, the event’s organizer, thanked the first responders for coming to the school.

“We’re so glad you took the time to be here today,” she said. “We are in awe of all of you.”

The students ended the program with a rendition of “God Bless America.”

2015 MacAfee Road School Sept. 11 Event





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