By Hillary S. Meeks
Killeen Daily Herald
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are not included in the Killeen Independent School District history curriculum, but local schools will be observing the significance of the event Monday.
"It's more of a commemorative thing because it did set in motion a series of events that have affected many of our loved ones, and many of these children's parents are involved with that," said Susan Holley, KISD superintendent of education services.
Therefore, every school in the district is hosting an event to remember 9/11. Each campus has different activities, some featuring freedom walks and others having poster contests or military speakers. But all of them are taking time out of regular school activities, according to information provided by KISD's public information office.
In preparation for these events, Holley said it is up to each teacher to choose an appropriate way to discuss the terrorists attacks with his or her students.
"It is such a sensitive thing for so many people ... certainly there would be lively discussions in our high school classes, but for our younger ones, it's more commemorative," she said.
The following is a list of Killeen Independent School District events on Monday.
n At 8:15 a.m. Bellaire Elementary School will assemble in the cafeteria and sing patriotic songs.
n From 8 to 10 a.m. Brookhaven Elementary School will have "Heroes Day," with soldiers and first responders visiting classrooms.
n At 8:30 a.m., Cedar Valley Elementary School will have a flagpole assembly with first responders invited. A former soldier teacher will speak.
n At 8:15 a.m., Clarke Elementary School will conduct a flagpole assembly with a book reading.
n At 9 a.m., Clear Creek Elementary School will hold a cafeteria assembly on character traits, followed by a balloon release outside.
n At 8:15 a.m., Clifton Park Elementary School students will write thank-you notes to soldiers on flags. There will be a wall of heroes display, and parents are invited to say the pledge at the flagpole with students.
n At 8:30 a.m., Duncan Elementary School students will log 911 miles walking, culminating with parents and soldiers joining.
n At 3 p.m., East Ward Elementary School will have a poster contest.
n At 8:30 a.m. Fowler Elementary School students will walk outside the school with flags and handmade dog tags bearing parents' names.
n At 8:30 a.m., Harker Heights Elementary School will host a school and community walk outside.
n At 8:30 a.m., Hay Branch Elementary School invites spouses of deployed soldiers to brunch and a walk.
n At 8:45 a.m., Iduma Elementary School fifth-graders will be shown a slide show.
n All day at Ira Cross Elementary School, classes will present thank-you cards to heroes visiting classrooms.
n At 8:15 a.m., Maxdale Elementary School will host an outside assembly with patriotic presentations, followed by a walk around the school.
n From 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., Meadows Elementary School invites students' parents to read to students. Art work also will be displayed.
n All day long, Montague Village Elementary School students will walk around the school to log 911 miles.
n At 8:30 a.m., Nolanville Elementary School will be in assembly at the cafeteria and sing patriotic songs.
n Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School students as a whole will log 911 miles of walking during physical education classes.
n At 11:30 a.m., Peebles Elementary School will host lunch with guests from the police and fire departments.
n At 8 a.m., Pershing Park Elementary School students will walk behind the school, and there will be an ongoing hero bulletin board.
n At 7:30 a.m., Reeces Creek Elementary School students will write thank-you notes on a flag. There will also be a deployed family members reception.
n At 3 p.m., Saegert Elementary School will feature a bulletin board with material gathered for sending to soldiers.
n At 8:30 p.m., Skipcha Elementary School will host a freedom assembly and walk around the school.
n At 8:45 p.m., Sugar Loaf Elementary will join in a walk measuring 911 feet.
n At 2 p.m. Timber Ridge Elementary School will host students' grandparents for lunch, followed by a freedom parade and first responder assembly.
n At 8:30 p.m., Trimmier Elementary School students will attend a playground assembly with speakers, followed by a walk and a balloon release.
n At 8:10 a.m., Venable Village Elementary School will host a freedom walk parade with fifth-graders leading and with their Adopt-A-School unit participating.
n From 8 to 11 a.m., West Ward Elementary School will have a wall of heroes, refreshments for parents and a freedom walk with the Fairway Middle School drum line leading.
n At 8:30 a.m., Willow Springs Elementary School will have an assembly, followed by a parade around the school.
n At 8:15 a.m., Audie Murphy Middle School will host a "Support Our Troops Ceremony," featuring a guest speaker, a tree planting and flags.
n At 8:30 a.m., Eastern Hills Middle School will feature messages in balloons released by military family members.
n At 8 a.m., Fairway Middle School students will write thank-you notes and make freedom quilts for injured soldiers.
n At 9 a.m., Liberty Hill Middle School will have a gym assembly.
n At 11:30 a.m., Live Oak Ridge Middle School students will participate in a poster contest.
n At 2:30 a.m., Manor Middle School will have an assembly with a speaker, music and a balloon release.
n Throughout the day at Nolan Middle School, there will be hall decorating, and family pictures will be displayed.
n At 8:15 a.m., Palo Alto Middle School will feature a teacher playing bagpipes as students process out of school for assembly. At assembly, the choir will sing, there will be a Fort Hood speaker, and soldiers and first responder parents will be honored
n At 8:30 a.m., Rancier Middle School students will carry items to the football field. A reception for first responders will follow.
n At 8:15 a.m., Smith Middle School will have an assembly with music, a guest speaker, a blood drive to benefit soldiers and a reception.
n At 9 a.m., Union Grove Middle School will have an inspirational reading, followed by a walk around campus.
n At 10:45 a.m., Ellison High School students will attend assembly in the gym with speakers in historical costume and patriotic singing by the school's choir.
n At 8:15 a.m., Harker Heights High School will have a flagpole assembly featuring songs and a march around the school with first responders. There will an essay reading at 9:11 a.m.
n At 8:45 a.m., Killeen High School students will watch a video, then be directed to Leo Buckley field for a program that includes the KHS band playing patriotic music, speaking by Police Chief Dennis Baldwin and Fire Chief Jerry Gardner, singing by the KHS choir, and a 21-gun salute by the Killeen Police Department followed by the playing of Taps.
n At 8:45 p.m., Pathways Learning Center students will gather at the flagpole for patriotic reading and then walk around the school perimeter.
n At 10:45 a.m., Shoemaker High School students will attend an assembly featuring the band and speaker retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker.