As the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks grew close, Amity’s Orange Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler knew that an opportunity to emphasize kindness in her students was before her.
“We wanted to make it a day of giving back and remembering,” she said.
To remember the day that changed so many lives, students and staff were asked to wear red, white and blue. To give back, students were asked to bring a non-perishable food item that would be donated to the Orange food pantry.
To start the day, students watched a video, Hope Was Born on 9/11, of students form Norwalk who were born on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., that killed nearly 3,000 people.
“The video highlighted hope rather than tragedy and left the students with a good message to take forward,” Fuller-Cutler said. “We wanted to focus on hope and service and honor our fallen heroes by giving back to our community and through kindness.”
She was surprised by the number of students who wore red, white and blue to honor the day, and touched by the amount of food that was donated by Orange’s seventh and eighth graders.
“It’s about taking something bad and transitioning that into kindness and hope. It’s something we began today and will continue to instill all year long,” says Fuller-Cutler.
Photo Caption: Students at Amity Middle School Orange wore red, white and blue and donated non-perishable food items to the Orange food pantry. Bottom row from left: Mikenna DeMorro, Jayson Hutchinson, Maria Farace. Top from left: Mattea Salati, Tasha Abriola, Connor Bath, Megan Sullivan, Jamie Ahern and Leah Turner.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent