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Schools mark 9/11 anniversary

Survivor Tree, Tunnel to Towers run, 'kindness bags' among commemorative activities


MIAMI | Many of the archdiocese’s schools marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack — which has also become known as Patriot Day — with special activities. Here’s a sampling, with pictures in the slide show above.


St. Gregory School, Plantation

St. Gregory’s seventh and eighth grade social studies classes created 144 “kindness bags” to show their appreciation for the community’s first responders. Eighth grade students also led a prayer and memorial service for those who perished in the attack, with symbols of first responders reminding the school community of their sacrifices and service to others.


St. Hugh School, Coconut Grove

Students in grades kindergarten through fourth at St. Hugh created individual leaves, with personalized messages and symbols of hope, to add to the school’s Survivor Tree. The reference is to a Callery pear tree that endured the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and, after some rehabilitation, is now part of the World Trade Center memorial “as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth.” St. Hugh’s principal, Mary Fernandez, called the students’ Survivor Tree "a beautiful reminder that where there is darkness, we can bring light."


St. Kevin School, Miami

St. Kevin celebrated an outdoor Mass on the athletic field to celebrate the heroes of 9/11. Twenty years ago, the graduating class collected money for the Red Cross by selling t-shirts that said: God Bless America. “We have invited the alumni from that class for this year’s celebration,” said St. Kevin’s principal, Mayra Constantino, who was the eighth grade teacher at St. Kevin then.


St. Louis Covenant School, Pinecrest

The school commemorated Patriot Day with the annual “Tunnel to Towers” run led by firefighters and police officers from the community. This year’s theme was based on the book “America’s White Table.” A white table was set during the opening ceremonies to honor the 13 soldiers lost last month to the terrorist attack in Afghanistan.


St. Theresa School, Coral Gables

On Sept. 10, a Friday, St. Theresa students commemorated the day by dressing in red, white, and blue and holding a moment of silence. A day later, the Church of the Little Flower celebrated a special 9/11 Mass of Remembrance on the anniversary, followed by Holy Hour and confessions. The church bells tolled at the times the twin towers and Pentagon were hit and Flight 93 fell.

The commemoration at St. Mark School in Southwest Ranches, which took place a few days earlier, is covered here.


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