By Pragna Krishnamurthy
September 11, 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11. During the 2015-2016 school year, Carle Place High School’s 9th annual Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause event fundraised $25,000 for Tuesday’s Children. Tuesday’s Children was founded to promote long-term healing for all those directly impacted by the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. An estimated 3,051 children lost a parent on 9/11. Over 33,000 responders and survivors have faced and continue to face 9/11-related illnesses. The students chose a foundation close to the community’s heart.
As a part of last year’s fundraising efforts, the Carle Place Student Organization and Key Club sold American flags which were put on display in the form of a field of honor. The field of honor was assembled in August by the Student Organization, Key Club officers, Ms. Fallik, Ms. Buffalino and the CPHS building and grounds crew. These flags were sponsored by students, staff and community members and pay tribute to groups such as the military, NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority, Iron Workers, 911 victims, first-responders and Tuesday’s Children.
A brief ceremony was held in the main lobby by the Student Organization officers and Key Club officers before school on Friday, September 9, 2016. Students paid tribute to 9/11 with a moment of silence, and high school senior Sydney Perruzza sang the national anthem.