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National Day of Service and Remembrance

Monday, September 11, 2017, is designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, marking 16 years since the tragic attacks on American soil. Each year, students at Bright Futures Academy learn about the events of that day, and the sacrifices of the heroes lost.

Longtime Bright Futures Academy employee John Napolitano is a retired New York City police officer, and worked for months as part of the rescue and recovery effort following the attacks. His son, firefighter Lieutenant John P. Napolitano, is still counted among the missing after the Ground Zero attack. The younger Napolitano, along with his company, Rescue 2 of the Fire Department of New York, were among the first responders on 9/11/2001. Napolitano and six other members of Rescue 2 were lost along with 2,600 others when the towers collapsed.

On Monday, Sept. 11, Bright Futures Academy have invited local first responders to visit as Mr. Napolitano shares with us his memories, an exhibit of artifacts from Ground Zero including a piece of steel from the Towers, in a 9/11 Museum. Bright Futures Academy is proud to support our local heroes. In the days leading up to this event, teachers will be conducting age-appropriate lessons from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

With the recent events of Houston highlighting the incredible efforts by first responders, BFA students are creating cards and letters, which will be sent to the fire and police services in Houston. In addition, Bright Futures Academy is holding a supply drive for the Houston Independent School District, as thousands of students’ lives have been disrupted by the catastrophic flooding. School supplies, new and unused clothing, canned food and water will be collected and may be dropped off at the front office.

We invite parents, first responders, and all media outlets to join us on campus from 8:00-10:45 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10350 Riverside Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Please R.S.V.P to Lauren Colloca at 561-253-7504 by Sept. 8.

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