Naselle students observe anniversary of Sept. 11

Lori Dearmore photo<br>Keeley McGuire, Tasha Stenvall and vocational agriculture student Renee Steppe (left to right) planting bulbs as part of the 9/11 activities at Naselle school.

NASELLE - Nine-eleven! Seldom have numbers meant so much. For Naselle school students and teachers, the anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 were memorialized on the front lawn of the school complex on the one year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Following the opening played by music director Tom Lee, superintendent Gerald Schmidtke spoke to the students of the events of that day. Each of the elementary grades then took turns in planting red, white, and blue tulip bulbs in the flower beds in front of the school.

The Naselle Volunteer Fire Department members drove emergency vehicles through the driveway in front of the school.

Teacher Karen Wirkkala presented a brief program and then led the students, who had voluntarily chosen to attend the event, in a moment of silence. Representatives from the Washington State Patrol, the Pacific County Sheriff's Office and the Naselle Volunteer Fire Department were present, who were given a spontaneous round of applause from the students and staff.

Naselle schools participated in the celebration of heroes at exactly noon, Wednesday, as Governor Gary Locke had suggested happen.

Many teachers and students incorporated events of 9/11 in their lesson plans for the day to help honor those who sacrificed their lives and to honor those who continue to serve our country.

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