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Schools plan to honor Sept.11 anniversary

POULSBO — Millions of words have been written and spoken about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

But on the anniversary of the attacks, Poulsbo Elementary will honor the victims and survivors with something new: silence.

“What could be said, that hasn’t been said?” Co-principal Jerry Willson asked recently. “What could be done, that hasn’t been done?”

Poulsbo, just one of the many North Kitsap School District schools that will hold a remembrance on the anniversary of the attacks, will have every student in the school file silently by police, fire, and sheriff’s cars which will be parked outside.

The students will leave a flower on each vehicle.

“Silence is a form of respect,” Wilson explained. “And our feelings are, ‘What words could we say?’”

At North Kitsap High School, principal Dave Andersen will read a brief statement and a student will play “Taps.”

“We’re trying to be low-key,” Andersen said, “but recognize that we have freedom, and people gave their lives for it. What we want to do is avoid sensationalism, but honor people... it’s a fine line.”

Other ceremonies include:

• Breidablik Elementary, where the Freedom Garden will be dedicated; the public is invited to the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. and include songs, a flag ceremony, and children’s poems.

• Suquamish Elementary, where there will be a ceremony at the pond beginning at 1:20 p.m. A memorial tree will be planned, with fire department officials and police officers in attendance.

• Gordon Elementary will hold a 15-minute ceremony around the school’s flagpole.

• Spectrum Community School, where students will string beads — one for each victim of the attack. The beads will be hung along the back deck.

• Wolfle Elementary will have a brief commemorative statement and a moment of silence. Each class is writing letters of appreciation to firefighters, police, EMTs, military, and state patrol officers.

•Poulsbo Junior High’s ceremony will include a moment of silence, the National Anthem performed by Katie Webster, and a performance on bagpipes by music teacher Bryce Adams.

• Kingston Junior High will encourage students to wear red, white, and blue. There will be a moment of silence followed by “Taps.”

• The PAL program will have a moment of silence.

• There will also be ceremonies at Pearson and Vinland Elementaries.

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