Harry Kizirian Elementary Vision and Mission Statements
" 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 for success. "
Mission:❖ Work with all stakeholders in addressing overall wellness of each student.❖ Grade level teams, cross- grade level teams and all staff support each other to work towards the shared school vision.❖ Students work together in classrooms and with cross- age buddies supporting each other to be successfuland learn collaboration skills.❖ A love of learning through engaging activities.❖ Actively recruit diverse community members as mentors for our students to inspire them to reach their goals.❖ Create an environment for children to be able to take academic risks in order to grow.❖ Model and explicitly teach tolerance, acceptance, respect, and safe behavior.❖ Building a caring school community that demonstrates empathy and respect for others, themselves, and their learning environment.❖ Teach students to persevere and provide clear and high expectations so they can master grade level standards.
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.