How does your school mark September 11th?

Today we remember those whose lives were lost at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, in a rural Pennsylvania field, and aboard all four planes.

I’m compiling a list of tributes classroom teachers and schools do to mark the September 11th Anniversary.

Even though it’s been 14 years since our country was attacked on September 11th…

  • I still see gray smoke billowing from Lower Manhattan.
  • I still envision people walking up Third Avenue — in silence — in the middle of the day since traffic wasn’t on the road.
  • I still smell the choking fumes that changed directions blowing uptown the day after the Towers fell.

How have 14 years passed while these sights and smells remain so vivid for me?

I’ve written about September 11th on this blog many times because it is the day life changed forever — for so many of us.  But the kids who are in elementary and middle school now weren’t even born in 2001.  And the high schoolers are too young to remember that grave day.  September 11th, 2001 probably feels as distant to the kids in schools as D-Day and Kennedy’s Assassination did to my generation. (N.B.: I’m almost 40.) So how do we mark such tragic events for students in a meaningful way?.

.It is my hope to gather comments (below) about what you do in your classroom or what your school district does to mark this anniversary.  From there, I intend to post a list of remembrance ideas and read aloud suggestions in advance of the 15th anniversary of September 11th. It is my hope next year’s post will help those who do not mark this day to find a way to honor who and what we lost — in a developmentally appropriate way — on September 11th, 2001.

BTW: If you didn’t see this photo yesterday, I wanted to share it with you now:

Amazing, eh?