Ashley Ridge High School’s HOSA chapter organized a ceremony and reception for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor all local first responders, law enforcement and military personnel. The chapter presented Mrs. Barbara Grube, the Lowcountry MRC coordinator, with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Medical Reserve Corp for improving public health, emergency response, and resiliency of our community. Local first responders, law enforcement, and military personnel were recognized for their bravery, dedication and selflessness displayed each day to save lives, ensure our safety and preserve our freedom. The chapter used the generous donations to install a flagpole in front of the school’s main student entrance to fly the new USA flag and Always Remember 9/11 flag. This flagpole is dedicated in memory and honor of all first responders, law enforcement, and military. The flags were raised and then lowered to half staff and a wreath was placed at the base of the flagpole by Mr. Billy Lang, a 9/11 NYPD officer, while a trumpeter played TAPS. We are honored to have this opportunity to thank so many heroes in our community. We look forward to making this an annual event!
The Applied Technology Center (ATC) HOSA Chapter represents Northwestern, Rock Hill and South Pointe High Schools in Rock Hill, SC. The ATC HOSA group has 74 active members and growing. This summer President Miranda Hovis and Vice President Donovan Perryman challenged ATC HOSA members by taking part in the Lemons for Leukemia challenge. Videos of students taking the challenge were posted to Twitter and Facebook and Youtube. HOSA members are currently raising funds for the State Leadership Conference in 2016 by selling Country Meats (meat sticks) and also selling Sam’s Express Car Wash fund-raising cards. Students can’t wait for March to get here.
On September 11, 2015 the Aiken County Career Center HOSA planned and implemented an event for the National Day or Service and Remembrance. We were joined by several organizations at the career center that assisted with coordinating this day: Fire and Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, AC3 Media (Media Technology), CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), Machine Tool and FCCLA (Fashion, Design & Apparel).
The HOSA students created two rose gardens with benches in the courtyard marked by plaques: one to remember all lives lost on September 11, 2001 and one to honor all our local First Responders. The creation of the gardens was completed with assistance from a generous donation by SC HOSA, a Lowes Toolbox Grant and Cold Creek Nursery in Aiken, SC.
We were honored to have over fifty local Firemen, EMS and Public Safety to celebrate this day. Bryson Fulmer, junior HOSA student welcomed the guests. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard posted the colors. Yomalli Gaona, junior HOSA students lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Ella Gardener, Medical Reserve Corp spoke, followed by Mr. Paul Matthews, Aiken Emergency Management. A moment of Silence was held to remember the fallen. During the Retiring of Colors, Taps was played followed by Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Our guests were invited to the multipurpose room for a small reception as members of FCCLA served. All guests were given a 911 Memorial lapel pin.
The ACCTC HOSA students were honored to be a part of this Day of Service & Remembrance and are looking forward to how they can continue this event on an annual basis.
White Knoll High School HOSA Chapter delivered 9-11 remembrance/recognition pins to Lexington County Fire, Lexington County EMS, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and Lexington City Police on September 9, 2015.
Students and advisors hand delivered the pins to each office with a thank you note and an invitation to join us during a flag raising ceremony at school. A representative of each division of Emergency Services attended our ceremony along with approximately 75 students and staff. Among those attendees, Major J. J. Jones from Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was a part of the delegation from White Knoll Middle who delivered the firetruck to the New York City Fire Station after losing their truck and several members in the 9-11 attacks. Major Jones was very moved to see the generosity of White Knoll continue to serve and recognize emergencyresponders.
As part of education and remembrance, the school broadcasted historical information about the events of 9-11 and the activities WKHS HOSA planned. We also had a HOSA meeting in which 1st Sgt. David Pelley reminded the members about the incredible community response from White Knoll and how it made national headlines in 2001 for the extraordinary efforts made by such a small community.
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