Woodlake Elementary School’s theme this year is “Superheroes: Where Everybody Soars”. Of course, this theme has really caught the interest of our young students. The classrooms and hallways are decorated with images of superheroes. Our PTA is now called the “Helping Heroes”, and we start each day with singing the song, “Everyday Heroes”. Although the superheroes theme has really sparked the students’ imagination, it is important for our students to understand the true meaning of being a hero. On September 11, 2015, I had the privilege to lead the students of Woodlake Elementary School in a presentation to honor the special heroes of our community.
Our Patriot Day program began with all of the students singing the chorus of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” Our Principal, Ms. Lelia Parker, then made a beautiful speech about this day where she stated that this is “the official day of remembrance for the tragic events that happened … on September 11, 2001”. Ms. Parker explained the purpose of flying the flag at half-staff, and she spoke about the heroes of our community- the first responders. Next, a poem about heroes was shared by students chosen from each of our third grade classes. This was followed by the entire school honoring our community heroes by singing a beautiful tune, “You Are Our Heroes”.
During our program today, we had the opportunity to honor fifty-six heroes of our community. These heroes are also the fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts and grandfathers of our little Pelicans. As each student was introduced along with their special hero, my heart was touched by the look of pride in each child’s eyes.
In our song, we told the heroes that “We’ve seen your light shine through”. Thank you to these brave men and women for sharing their light with the students of Woodlake Elementary School!
The songs “Everyday Heroes” and “You Are Our Heroes” can be found on the following website: http://www.musick8.com/