Springville-Griffith Institute to Unveil 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Sept. 9

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Tim Baumgartner, technology teacher (right) explains his fabrication work to Dr. Paul Connelly, superintendent of Springville-Griffith Institute CSD. High School principal Vincent Vanderlip and Rob Valenti are in the background.

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM EDT

Springville, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A formal unveiling ceremony of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District 9/11 memorial sculpture is planned for Friday, Sept. 9 from 10 -11 a.m. in the front courtyard at the high school on North Buffalo Street.

Student Dakoda Ball designed the meaningful monument, depicting the twin towers, the Pentagon, the Shanksville, Pa. field, and the unity and patriotism that was a result of the tragedy.

Social Studies Teacher Rob Valenti initiated the project with Art Teachers Charles Houseman and Angela Ginnitti. Ball's design was selected from 67 entries received in a 2010 contest that was open to students in the S-GI district.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey granted S-GI a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center and stored at JFK Airport since the tragedy. Patrick Valenti trucked the piece from New York City to Springville in June and was greeted by crowds of flag-waving elementary students and a considerable number of area first responders and residents.

Over the summer, Technology Teacher Tim Baumgartner joined Houseman to continue the construction while students are on summer break. Baumgartner fabricated the circular piece, cut the salvaged beam in half and assembled the components. Houseman created scale models and schematic drawings. Maintenance Mechanic George Rugg built wooden forms based on those drawings for the poured concrete that will provide the base for the sculpture, researching the exact angles of the Pentagon.

The second home football game of the S-GI Varsity Griffins (vs. Olean) will be the setting for a community remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, near the tenth anniversary.

Area first responders have been invited and will be honored during a brief ceremony before the game at 7 p.m. The sculpture will be lighted for viewing before the ceremony and the 7:30 p.m. game at Pop Warner Field. All area residents are welcome to attend.