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REMEMBERING 9-11: How-To Guide for Schools: Commemorating September 11, 2001 HISTORY.
The tragic events of September 11,2001
changed the U.s., and the world, forever. For
those who were old enough to watch those
events unfold, that day and the aftermath
of the attacks has left an indelible mark. For
those too young to remember, the legacy
of 9/11 shapes their lives as a central event
Many schools will want to commemorate
the 10th Anniversary of September 11,
2001 and find ways to honor and remember
those who lost their lives. HISTORY
offers this guide to provide suggestions for
9/11 activities and commemorations.
ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
1. Organize an all-school assembly with
simple readings or announcements
about why we should remember 9/11
and those who lost their lives. Since
September 11th falls on a Sunday,
schools may want to organize these
assemblies on Friday, September 9th or
Monday, September 12th.
2. Many communities were affected by
9/11 and lost family and friends in this
tragedy. If any children at your school
lost family members or friends, dedicate
a memorial or plant a tree to honor
those who were lost.
3. Many brave Americans - from firefighters
to police to everyday citizens- courageously
helped others on 9/ 11 and
in the aftermath of the attacks. Schools
may want to establish a "Community
Spirit Award" to honor those in your
community who have contributed
to making your school a better place.
These awards can be offered in honor
of the outpouring of sacrifice and generosity
after 9/11 that so many Americans
4. Collect small contributions for the
National September 11 Memorial & Museum,
the Flight 93 National Memorial,
the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial,
or another 9/11 Memorial of your
5. Another way to honor the memory
of 9/11 is for students to donate time
through service projects. Visit Service
Nation or Operation Honor Cards to get
started, or organize a service project at
your school or nearby.
1. In classroom time, have students
review a timeline of what occurred on
September 11,2001. Review on a map
where and when the 9/ 11 attacks took
place. Advanced high school and college
students can also review the 9/ 11
2. Have students take time for a free-writing
exercise about what they remember
about 9/11/2001, or what they have
learned about that day from others.
Have students share these writings, if
they feel comfortable, in a larger class or
3. Creative projects can be an effective
way for students to work through their
emotions about difficult topics such
as 9/11. Working in small groups, have
students design a mural or poster
about 9/11 and what it means to them.
Students may also want to design their
own 9/11 memorial.
4. Have students locate newspaper
articles published in the days after 9/11
online or at the library and create a 9/11
scrapbook or notebook. The New York
State Archives 9/ 11 Memory & History
site has great tips for preserving related
5. Middle school and high school students
can playa role in preserving the history
of 9/11 by interviewing community
members about their memories of
what happened that day. You may want
to link with a local history museum or
historic society to organize a 9/11 oral
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