Kizirian

Harry Kizirian Elementary Vision and Mission Statement

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    Vision Statement:

    Harry Kizirian Elementary school is a collaborative community that embraces all cultures and differences , providing a safe and caring environment that inspires all children to reach their full academic potential while supporting their overall well-being and ensuring a path to success.

    Mission:

    Big Hearts
    Bigger Achievements; to educate our future

     

     

Harry Kizirian
  • Harry Kizirian , a Providence native , is one of the nation's most decorated World War II servicemen.He is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School , where he was recognized as the outstanding athlete of his class.Kizirian enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 23 , 1944.He was awarded the Navy Cross , the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart with Gold Star for his actions in combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

    While on Okinawa in May 1945 , facing enemy machine gun fire that had pinned down his platoon , Kizirian fearlessly charged the enemy position , freeing the trapped Americans.

    The following month , though already wounded three times , Kizirian engaged and eliminated an enemy force that had surrounded a team of American troops evacuating wounded soldiers.

    For this action , Kizirian was awarded the Navy Cross -- an award second only to the Medal of Honor.

    Kizirian entered the U.S. Postal Service after his discharge from the Marine Corps on Feb. 11 , 1946.Ultimately , he would serve as the postmaster for the City of Providence.In recognition of his continued outstanding service , Rhode Island's main post office was renamed the Harry Kizirian Post Office.