EVART\u00a0\u2013 Many area schools plan to use different strategies to emphasize and remember the importance of Patriot Day, the national remembrance day of Sept. 11, 2001. \u201cA lot of our students were not even born yet, so we try to teach them through a historical perspective,\u201d said Jason O\u2019Dell, principal at Evart Middle School. \u201cEach of our staff members will share their thoughts and feelings on that day, and all of our social studies classes watch CNN Student News every day.\u201d Evart\u2019s school staff members recently discussed their memories of Sept. 11 and how to express them with students. \u201cWe were kind of reminiscing in our staff meeting about Patriot Day \u2013 the long lines at the gas stations,\u201d O\u2019Dell said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t know if something was going to happen next.\u201d O\u2019Dell said Evart\u2019s students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue on Sept. 11. Students will write thank you notes to police officers and firefighters. According to the New York Port Authority, 343 firefighters and paramedics lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks, as well as 23 New York Police Department officers and 37 Port Authority police officers. \u201cWhat we normally do is a moment of silence at the time of the first attack and we read a brief statement over the PA system,\u201d said Dennis Peacock, principal of Evart High School. \u201cWe don\u2019t do a lot of special lessons, but we try to make sure the kids don\u2019t lose sight of the day\u2019s significance.\u201d During school announcements, students will be encouraged to visit the piece of beam from the World Trade Centers at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, O\u2019Dell said. The 8-foot steel beam was obtained at no cost by the department in 2011, in promise it would be used in a memorial. Mark Brejcha, Big Rapids Middle School 6th grade social studies teacher,\u00a0will venture to the department\u00a0with his students on Sept. 11 to view the beam. \u201cBelieve it or not, my sixth grade students have no memory of Sept. 11 because they were born in 2002 and 2003,\u201d said Brejcha. \u201cHowever, their parents remember that day vividly. Prior to this year\u2019s observance, students will interview their parents and guardians on the events from that day.\u201d Reed City High School will participate in an annual moment of silence, said Monty Price, principal of Reed City High School. Teachers at each area school face the challenge of explaining the significance of the frightful day. \u201cWe are trying to target the time with a moment of silence. I think we are going to do it in both the high school building and the elementary building,\u201d said Ross Meads, principal at Crossroads Charter Academy. \u201cFor the younger ones, they unfortunately don\u2019t have much knowledge of it.\u201d Morley Stanwood students are given a school-wide reading based on facts and figures related to Sept. 11 and the new monument at ground zero, followed by a moment of silence, said Jamey Nelson, principal at Morley Stanwood High School. \u201cOur high school social studies teachers will do a lesson relevant to that,\u201d Nelson added.