EASD Observes Patriot Day

EASD Observes Patriot Day

Constitution Day Discussions and Activities Follow

Students in all Ephrata Area School District schools participated in activities to recognize Patriot Day on Friday, September 11.

District administrators and teachers developed age-appropriate content to help students learn more about Patriot Day and the many heroes who took part in the national response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many of whom continue to keep us safe today. 

The scope of the content looked very different at each age level.  While some high school activities may have included watching news coverage from the morning of September 11, 2001 and discussing how the effects of that day impacted the world, students in elementary schools had a much broader experience recognizing heroes who go above and beyond in times of need, including our military, emergency responders, and more. 

Fulton Elementary School fourth-graders Allison Martin and Emily Ludwig positively reflected on the Patriot Day activities that took place in their classrooms.  “Patriot Day means honoring our heroes, and we would like to thank the firefighters, police, and those who keep us safe,” they said.  Allison shared she will also be making a craft for the District School Resource Officer John Hirneisen to thank him for his service.

Constitution Day discussions and activities will follow on Thursday, September 17 to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.  “It is important our students are reminded of the importance of our institutions, our form of government, our history, and our freedom,” commented Mr. Larry Hagen Ephrata High School Social Studies Teacher and Department Supervisor.

Patriot Day and Constitution Day also provide an opportunity to discuss the importance of living a life with Resiliency and Grit – key components of the Ephrata Area School District Life Ready Graduate profile.  “The inspiring stories of resilience and service associated with Patriot Day and Constitution Day are something I am proud to have teachers elevating across the District,” said Dr. Brian Troop, Superintendent.