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OSD Remembers

Students and staff in Ontario Public Schools donned wardrobes of red, white and blue on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to mark the first year observance of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.

At the elementary level, the focus was on patriotism and citizenship. Alameda's music instructor, Wendy Brown, wore a kilt and played the Scottish bagpipes as part of an assembly that featured students and staff singing such songs as "America" (My Country Tis of Thee).

At Aiken Elementary, students and staff also sang patriotic songs with music instructor Bill Keele playing Taps on his trumpet as the school's flag was raised to half mast.  Fourth and fifth grade students also created red, white and blue patriotic designs on T-shirts.

Ontario Middle School organized a ceremony at the site of the memorial students created last year, during which they planted a tree, layed a wreath, and displayed a memorial stone. Several local dignitaries attended the Sept. 11 remembrance.

Several groups of students also were able to attend the community-wide observance at Ontario High School's Tiger Stadium. The OHS Band played a medley of songs from the Armed Forces as well as Taps.

A link from the district's website offers helpful tips to parents and educators regarding how to talk to children about Sept. 11 events:  REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11/TIPS