Schools pay tribute to events of September 11
Photo by Amy CherryArea elementary schools held special programs to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. South St. Marys Street Elementary Principal Bob Grumley spent Friday morning speaking to students about the events of Sept. 11, 2011. He spoke with three different groups and geared his presentation to each group -- kindergarten and first grade; second and third grades; and fourth and fifth grades. Grumley explained what a hero was and how they are important to us. He noted that heroes are those who help others and can be anyone from a soldier, firefighter and police officer to a parent, nurse, teacher or neighbor. As part of the presentations, City of St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Kerchinski and U.S. Army National Guardsmen Sgt. Jerry Copella and Specialist Shawn Garthwaite were in attendance. Grumley pointed out that many of the younger students were not born when those sad events took place 10 years ago. A touching video was also shown featuring 3D painter Michael Israel, who created a painting of a firefighter holding a child with the American flag as a backdrop.