At the North Royalton High School varsity football game on October 8, the North Royalton Middle School sixth-grade Champions team honored first responders and military service members with a special banner presentation ceremony before the game.
The students wanted to do something special to honor past, present, and future members of the police, fire, and military. This year, under the instruction of their teacher Joseph Quayle, the students learned about the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and had Constitution Day several days later. “With Veterans Day quickly approaching, we wanted to show our support for all of those that protect the freedoms that we all enjoy each and every day,” said Quayle. “Many, if not all of us, know someone who is now, or has been involved in the organizations that are represented on the banner.”
During the flag raising, the PA announcer asked those first responders to stand and be recognized by those in attendance. “It was an opportunity for all of us to pass on our feelings of gratitude and patriotism.” Sixth-grade students and their families assembled around the flagpole and were a part of this moment of recognition and remembrance.
As a gift to the community, the banner was hung in Serpentini Stadium near the scoreboard. It was donated by Fast Signs in Broadview Heights. The banner reads, "Thank You for Your Service" and includes images of an American flag, police and fire badges and the logo for each branch of the military. Another matching banner was purchased by the kids to be placed outside the elementary school and eventually hung in the middle school gymnasium.