In 6th grade last week, we discussed the events that took place on September 11, 2001. Last Friday was the 14th anniversary of the four planes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. During Morning Meeting on Friday, we 6th graders walked to the front of the school in silence and performed a solemn flag-raising, then lowered the flag to half-staff. After a moment of silent remembrance, Kiki, Willa, and our teacher, Melanie, read poems that they either wrote or found on the Internet.
We decided to acknowledge this day because it was such a big part of our history, and we should all have that moment of silence and pay our respects to those we lost. Inspired by a program created by children born on 9/11/2001, all the 6th graders committed to do a good deed to represent that we can turn tragedy into hope. We tied a ribbon around our fingers to remember the deed we promised to do. On each 9/11, we hope everyone can spread awareness about how even doing something small can transform your own life—and the lives of others.