St. Mary’s Students To Honor Police, Firemen On 911 Anniversary

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Three hundred children and teachers from St. Mary’s Catholic School will honor Rockledge and Cocoa police officers and firefighters on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

About 40 St. Mary's first-graders created a quilt and several classes made cards as a way to honor those who protect and serve the community, then and now. The students will present their gifts tomorrow to several representatives from each agency during a 7:50 a.m. flag ceremony in front of the school. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

About 40 first-graders created a quilt and several classes made cards as a way to honor those who protect and serve the community, then and now. The students will present their gifts to several representatives from each agency during a 7:50 a.m. flag ceremony in front of the school.

The teachers who organized the event say it is important for children to recognize others’ personal sacrifices to keep the nation safe. It’s a tough lesson for very young children to grasp, but an important one.

“I think no matter what age kids are, from prek-3 to eighth-grade they need to see the bigger picture,” said first-grade teacher Suzanne Strain.

“We are in a world that sometimes gets so caught up in the ‘it’s all about me attitude’ and we forget the important people in our lives. There are people that we may never see or even know their names, but they give so generously and bravely of their time and talents to make our lives better. This is just a small way to say, hey thanks, we noticed and we appreciate all of you.”

“We are in a world that sometimes gets so caught up in the ‘it’s all about me attitude’ and we forget the important people in our lives. There are people that we may never see or even know their names, but they give so generously and bravely of their time and talents to make our lives better. This is just a small way to say, hey thanks, we noticed and we appreciate all of you.”

Mary Pat Altman, who teaches another first-grade class at the school, said it is important that the nation never forget what happened and how we came together as Americans. There’s no better way to ensure that than by reminding children about what it means to be American.

“We are teaching these children to be proud Americans, to stand up for what they believe in and to honor those that gave their lives for us and our freedom,” Altman said.

Christ-Centered Environment

St. Mary’s Catholic School opened its doors in 1958 in the heart of Rockledge, Florida.

St. Mary’s Catholic School opened its doors in 1958 in the heart of Rockledge, Florida.Since then, the faculty and staff have been providing a Christ-centered environment where children learn to be responsible, independent and enthusiastic life-long learners. (StMarys-School.org image)

Since then, the faculty and staff have been providing a Christ-centered environment where children learn to be responsible, independent and enthusiastic life-long learners.

The fully accredited school serves children in PreK-3 through eighth grade. It delivers the Orlando Dioceses curriculum to its students, which is rich in academics, the arts, music, athletics and provides an emphasis on the sciences as well as foreign languages starting in kindergarten.

The small size of the school provides a nurturing family environment that is steeped in the spirit of Mercy taught by the Catholic Church. St. Mary’s graduates not only enter the best high schools in the county, they become astute critical thinkers who will succeed in the 21st Century and beyond.

For more information log on to StMarys-School.org


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