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KES Students Honor Local Heroes
September 6, 2017 | No Comments

“Honor Our Local Heroes” event slated for Sept. 11.

“The police and fire departments are always so appreciative, and the students love seeing them.” – KES Principal Chad VanArnhem

Kirtland Elementary School students are drawing pictures, making posters and writing thank you notes to local police and fire departments in preparation for an event to “Honor Our Local Heroes” on Sept. 11.

KES Principal Chad VanArnhem arranged for representatives from Kirtland, Kirtland Hills and Waite Hills police departments — communities served by the Kirtland Local Schools — and Kirtland Fire Department to participate in a parade down the hallways, which will be lined with students and teachers, who will cheer them on and present them with the students’ works of art as they pass by.

“The police and fire departments are always so appreciative, and the students love seeing them,” VanArnhem said. “This event is a great way to never forget the sacrifices so many made on 9/11 while honoring our own local first responders.”

The parade begins at 1:45 p.m. and will end outside at the flagpole, where Van Arnhem will say a few words, the Kirtland High School (KHS) band will play the Star Spangled Banner and a choir of students from KHS and KES fifth grade will sing.

This is the fourth year for the event at KES.

Van Arnhem first organized a similar tribute to local heroes as a fifth-grade teacher in Eastlake in 2002, something he continued when he became a principal at Royalview Elementary School in Willowick and the former McKinley Elementary School in Willoughby.

He also recently posted about the program on a principals leadership group social media page to serve as a model for other schools.

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