Remembering September 11, 2001
"In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September 11 in stone and metal, something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day. But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we will ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day."
President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001
While it may seem to some that the events of 9/11 recede further into the past with each passing day, for those who lost someone close or otherwise experienced that day – whether in person or on television – thinking and talking about 9/11 may still evoke strong emotions that transport them back to the tragedy and can jar emotions long forgotten. Between managing these difficult emotions and conveying the details of such a tragic event, discussing 9/11 isn’t an easy task. Discussions of September 11th will naturally raise complex questions and may also trigger strong and even unfamiliar feelings. While demonstrating the worst of human nature and the capacity for hateful ideologies to lead to extreme acts of violence and inhumanity, September 11th also revealed the profound human capacity to care for one another and to recognize our common humanity in acts of spontaneous generosity and response, transcending differences of race, nationality, religion, economic strata, and political affiliation. Throughout the district, teachers may have age-appropriate conversations with students focused on providing opportunities for our students to make meaningful and purposeful connections between the history of 9/11 and their own lives, as well as ensuring that our students have access to accurate information about 9/11. For information on how to talk to children about 9/11, click on this link: http://www.911memorial.org/talk-children-about-911.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17, 2017
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrates this important day in our nation's history. On this day we commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens.