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Chatsworth Hills Academy to Hail First Responders

Remembrance Assembly to honor the heroes of the Metrolink train wreck and 9/11 on Friday.

[News Release from Chatsworth Hills Academy]

(CHA) will hold its annual Remembrance Assembly on Friday, September 14 at 8:30 a.m. to honor first responders to community crises who exemplify responsibility, courage, selflessness, and dedication in caring for their community.  The assembly will feature student-made paper stars that carry wishes and messages of thanks to local law enforcement and fire department representatives.  The stars will be assembled in the style of a Native American honoring quilt, and then presented to the first responders by Chatsworth Hills Academy fourth grade students.

“Every year we teach our students about what it means to be responsible citizens,” said Ann Gillinger, Head of School.  “Our school-wide theme for the year, USA @ CHA, provides even more opportunities for the children to learn about what that means as citizens of the United States.  We don’t have to look any further than the firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and others to find real life examples of what it means to be a hero.” 

Four years ago, many members of the CHA community responded to local need following the Metrolink train crash.  At this time of year, we also recognize and remember the first responders and heroes of September 11, 2001.  The school holds its Remembrance Assembly annually to recognize those who selflessly come to the aid of others in time of need, and who continue to safeguard us every day.  

Alan Wolfson September 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Hopefully, the neighbors whose homes abutted the disaster site and were on scene within seconds will be remembered for their selflessness as well. These brave people swarmed onto the tracks well before police and fire arrived in order to administer aid to the injured. Unfortunately, none of us were prepared for the grisly tableau that awaited us. I witnessed brave neighbors storming into the wreckage to aid passengers even as fires were burning in the engine of the SP train. Others setup chairs and tended to the injured who were able to get off the train unassisted. They put themselves in harm's way to help people they didn't even know. They exibited the best in America that day and should all be proud of their actions.

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