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Little Hands, Big Hearts at Stewart’s Creek Elementary

Students help honor 9-11 with special project.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, a dedication ceremony will be held at the newly-built Fire Station #4 in The Colony. This candlelight service and open house will pay tribute to the lives lost on 9-11. To honor the occasion, memorial wreaths will be on display, created by some of the tiniest hands in schools around The Colony.
Two students tracing hands on green paper
The Colony Chamber of Commerce reached out to see if we would like to participate in creating a memorial for our first responders,” Stewart's Creek Elementary Principal Andrea Smith said. “Our students were honored to be able to connect to the community and share our thanks for what they do on a daily basis.”
Two students cut out hands from green paper
Student cuts out of green paper
Students used paper to trace and cut out their hands to help create the wreaths.
Neighboring schools around The Colony also provided colorful cut-outs for different groups. Stewart’s Creek students’ green hands will be combined with Peters Colony’s brown to represent the military; BB Owen used red paper for firefighters; Ethridge used blue for police; Camey used white for EMS; and Morningside used yellow to honor civilians.
To help Stewart’s Creek with their project, The Colony firefighters from a nearby station stopped by to lend a hand.
Firefighter helps group of young students cut from green paper
Three firefighters stand beside one another and smile
“I was so glad they were able to come out to talk with the students about the value of what they do and to help them with the 9-11 memorial wreath art project,” Stewart’s Creek art teacher Chelzee Lentz said. “The students received a lesson in collaboration, a realization of the importance of our firefighters; were inspired to serve, learned about empathy and had a lot of fun while doing it. I have no doubt that this will be one day they won't forget this year.”
Student works to cut out handprint from green paper
Sharing moments with community members, even for a short amount of time, prove to be valuable for students of all ages.
"I believe that it is important for my students to be able to have tangible experiences,” Lentz said. “Bringing in professional community service people like the gracious firefighters, who are actively involved, will give the students a positive impact.”
Students smile and work in desks in art class
You can see all the memorial wreaths on display at The Colony Fire Department 9-11 Memorial Dedication and Open House, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Find more information from The Colony Chamber of Commerce.
Student smiles with handprint cut out of green paper

Stewarts Creek Elementary is an elementary school located in The Colony, Texas, serving Pre-k through 5th graders, in the Lewisville Independent School District. Follow Stewart’s Creek on Facebook and Twitter to see more student experiences throughout the school year or visit Best Schools in Texas for more information about joining the Lewisville ISD family.