Teaching 9/11 to children born after the attacks

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

While many of us remember where we were on 9/11, there are children who were born after the attacks.

Many of the fifth graders in this classroom at Grand Oaks Elementary in Anderson County were only a year old in 2001.

"I was with my mom in the living room, and my grandfather called for us to turn on the TV," said Emma Beard.

Even though she doesn't remember the day, she learned the significance at home and in the classroom.

"Teaching 9/11 to children who were not born for the actual event is humbling," said second grade teacher Melanie Carter.

Carter helped organize a school-wide ceremony to commemorate 9/11 and honor everyday heroes. The school also put together a quilt that had a square from every person.

She teaches the children how the country united in the face of terror in one of America's darkest hours.

"We can look at 9/11 and we can show them how this event pulled our country together, just like this quilt pulled our school together," said Carter.

"The everyday heroes were important because without them, not a lot of people that were in the World Trade Center wouldn't have been saved," said Abbey Charles, a fourth grader who was born two months after the attacks.

Carter's son was in third grade in 2001. Ten years later, he is a member of the United States Marine Corps, and is stationed in Korea.

"And I really do believe in my heart that after 9/11, that's when my son decided to be a Marine," said Carter.

She says she couldn't be prouder.

"It's overwhelming. It just brings joy to my life and my heart," said Carter.

In January, Carter says he will be deployed to Afghanistan.

A fourth grade class at the school put together a poem to commemorate 9/11.

Remembering 9/11 - the day that it happened…
When the towers fell,
Al Qaeda thought they could defeat us.

But, we will never give up.
The heroes, the citizens of America,
Policemen, firemen, military, and medical,
Stepped up to save the day.

That day in 2001,
everybody’s hearts grew
five to ten times bigger.
Some say it was a miracle.
I say it was our nation working together.
Sewing a quilt of memories of that day.

Together, we are unbreakable.
No one can penetrate our bond.
We, the people,
defend and protect our nation.

America is a strong chain
connecting to one another.
It cannot be broken.
Trusting through hard times
Whenever things go wrong,
we look to you, the heroes.
Thank you, heroes!
And, God Bless America!


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