Remembering 9/11 in the spirit of service
By Megan on September 11th, 2012
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and in Washington and Pennsylvania. At Scholastic, some of our colleagues remember watching from the roof of our headquarters in SoHo as the towers fell, or recall the survivors as they made their way up Broadway from the chaos downtown. Wherever you were on September 11th, 2001, today is a day of remembrance, and there are several ways to help honor the men and women who lost their lives.
Scholastic has partnered with 9/11 Day, a non-profit movement founded and lead by MyGoodDeed, which focuses on making September 11th of every year a day for charitable service and doing good deeds. Their joint program encourages families and schools to come together and embrace the spirit of service in their communities. There are great resources for teachers on the program’s site, such as a teaching guide, lesson plans on service learning, project ideas to implement in your school, and educational materials on teaching 9/11 remembrance. Parents can find volunteer ideas, information about the 9/11 movement, and ways to spread the word to others. You can also join the 9/11 Day movement by signing the online pledge to commit your time to service on this day.
Scholastic also has an “everything you need” resources page on teaching 9/11, which offers teachers of all grades ways to discuss the sensitive and important events of September 11th, reflect on its repercussions, and celebrate its heroes.
You can also read people’s stories and memories or share your own on Twitter, using the hashtag #Remember911.
Today our view from the roof is quite different than it was 11 years ago, and we’ll be thinking of all the people whose lives have changed since that day.
image via MalNino.
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