Choir students craft bracelets and thank-you cards for VETS that will be delivered to the VA campus. PHOTO BY LEXI KUBIN/THE CANDIDATE
In remembrance of the tragedy on September 11th, 2001, Wednesday was a national day of service in which citizens of the United States join together to better their schools, communities, and most of all, their country.
Tiger Nation took action by encouraging students to engage in activities designed to help build positive environments and to simply give back.
During an activity period, each department participated in a variety of activities, including a book drive for nursing homes and elementary schools, a Red Cross fundraiser for hurricane victims in the Bahamas, the making of bookmarks for elementary schools, and writing letters for students in El Paso, Texas.
Athletic Director Eric Armstrong said he felt the events of the day went well. He expressed the importance of teaching young minds to pay attention to their surroundings, and to find ways to fix the problems they witness.
"Part of our job is to help kids see the bigger picture," he said. "Life's better when you're helping people."
Gaining a sense of community and lending a helping hand to others becomes an even bigger focus in schools on Sept. 11.
These acts of service provide the opportunity to show appreciation for those who serve our country and remember the ones who have lost their lives and made sacrifices for America over the years.