Students write notes to first responders


OREGON – Every student at Oregon High School was born after 9/11, but they still felt moved to thank local first responders in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

On Sept. 17, four students and OHS Principal Heidi Deininger delivered notes to the Mt. Morris Police and Fire Departments, Oregon Police and Fire Departments, and Ogle County Police and Dispatch Departments to thank them for what they do to support and protect their communities. The idea for the notes, suggested by OHS’s School Improvement Team, was a hit for everyone involved.

“The notes were so heartfelt,” Deininger said. “We did this as a part of a larger activity that taught students about the events of 9/11, and it sparked a lot of great conversation. We were all honored to deliver the notes and personally thank everyone.”

Every OHS student wrote a note during their student advisory period known as “Hawk Huddle.” In total, students wrote and delivered nearly 400 notes.

About OCUSD 220:

The Oregon Community Unit School District, board and staff are committed to providing the highest learning standards in a safe and welcoming educational environment. OCUSD 220 is located in Ogle County with schools in Oregon and Mt. Morris and has more than 1,500 students enrolled. It is committed to its mission statement to: “Educate students to be life-long learners who are productive, responsible citizens.”