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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 5:08 pm, Fri Sep 9, 2011.

K-12 schools in the Peoria Unified School District will remember that fateful day, 10 years ago when the nation was under attack, with 9/11 commemoration events throughout the district.

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

Apache Elementary, 8633 W. John Cabot Road, Peoria: 8:30 a.m.,  A granite and bronze monument commemorating the 10th anniversary will be dedicated during a school-wide assembly in front of the school. The Honor Guard from the 56th Tactical Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base will be presenting colors. More than 1,500 small American flags will be distributed to students and attendees.

Desert Harbor Elementary, 15585 N. 91st Ave., Peoria: 9:11 a.m., There will be a "Walk of Honor," where staff and students will recognize and honor their dedication to our community and country. Students and staff were asked to invite someone who has served, or is currently serving in the police department, fire department, military and emergency services to the event.

Frontier Elementary, 21258 N. 81st Ave., Peoria: 11:30 a.m. Students will be honoring local firefighters, police and personnel from Luke Air Force Base at an annual ‘Heroes Luncheon.’ Student Council members invite these local heroes to a brown bag lunch which takes place in the front entryway of the school. The students decorated the lunch bags with words of gratitude and patriotic images.

Lake Pleasant Elementary, 31501 N. Westland Road, Peoria: 10:40 a.m. – 1 p.m. Patriotic Picnic Lunch/2 p.m. Assembly, Cards decorated by students with their ideas of what it means to be a proud American will be compiled to create a paper quilt to display during the “Patriotic Picnic” lunch – menu to include hot dogs, bag of chips and root beer floats, of course. At the assembly, Student Council will hand out silicone bracelets to students that include words such as “honor,” “freedom” and “spirit.”

Oakwood Elementary, 12900 N. 71st Ave., Peoria: 9 a.m., Students will be given red, white and blue ribbons to tie all along the fence bordering the north side of the school. The ribbons represent the strong spirit of the United States of America, the courage of first responders and the memory of those who lost their lives.

Peoria Elementary, 11501 N. 79th Ave., Peoria: 9 a.m. Students are planting a tree and adding a plaque at the base recognizing and honoring the victims of 9/11. Teachers will take their students outside so they can honor those same victims while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.                        

Peoria Traditional School (located at Zuni Hills) 10851 W. Williams Road, Sun City: 9 a.m., In a school-wide assembly, students will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic song sing-along and then hear from special guest speaker, Luke Air Force Base TSgt. Kelly Dugan who will speak on “The Importance of Being Patriotic.”

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

Centennial High, 14388 N. 79th Ave., Peoria: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., As part of Patriots’ Day of Service, school clubs on campus will volunteer their time beautifying the campus: painting, scraping gum off pavement, trash pickup and dusting light fixtures in the breezeway.

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Additionally, the Peoria Unified School District recognizes six students who were born on Sept. 11, 2001: Bryson Beck from Desert Valley; Alex Crawford from Zuni Hills (Hi-Star Center); James Blocker from Apache Elementary; Casey Koslowsky from Peoria Elementary; Emily Baines from Cheyenne Elementary and Dylan Yardley from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary.

The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one alternative school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the District boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

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