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Today, Americans will take time to remember those who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks. Millions more are expected to give back to honor the 9-11 heroes as part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
This year, students from Mulberry High (MHS) and Bartow High (BHS) will remember those who lost their lives by continuing their mission of servitude to their fellow citizens. The Mulberry Key Club is challenging students from both schools to collect cans of non-perishable food items.
The kick-off event for the 9-11 Day of Service Can Food Drive takes place today at 10:30 a.m. at MHS stadium. Members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, S.W.A.T and EMT will be present.
Mulberry Key Club President Keifer Exum explains, “In this competition, either school will attempt to collect more cans of non-perishable food items than the other. The collection of cans will begin on Friday, September 14 and will run for two weeks, ending on Friday, September 28. At the conclusion of the drive, either party will count and tally the number of cans that their school collected; the respective principals will confer with regards to the data and the winner will be announced on Monday, October 1.”
Mulberry High Assistant Principal Lori Leverett says all cans collected will be given back to the community in the form of Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. She continues, “9-11 is an important event to remember. High school students of today were only three, four, five and six years old when 9-11 occurred. Through the 9-11 day of service, we as educators can teach students the importance of community and serving others to commemorate the selfless acts of heroism by our first responders on that fateful day. This gives our teachers the opportunity to teach about a moment in time that we as Americans should never forget.”
On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four passenger jets with the intention of coordinated strikes on New York City and Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.
To find out more about the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, visit www.serve.govNews