Miss Bailey's first graders at Chipman Elementary in Salisbury were not even alive yet on the day terrorists attacked the U.S. It is a day these young children will only learn about: through textbooks, discussions and stories. (Photo: WBOC)
At Bennett High School, Mrs. Erin Davis' and Mr. Casey Foltz's art classes created this 9/11 mural in memory of the fallen. (Photo: WBOC)
SALISBURY, Md.- Tuesday marked a day of mourning and remembrance for many people across the country. It was also a day of learning for thousands of students who were not born yet on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.
While nothing official was planned this year for public schools in Wicomico County, many teachers made lesson plans of their own.
Students at North Salisbury Elementary School read a photo story and talked about life before and after Sept. 11, 2001. Staff at West Salisbury Elementary held a moment of remembrance. At Bennett High School, Mrs. Erin Davis' and Mr. Casey Foltz's art classes created a 9/11 mural in memory of the fallen.
And while many classrooms found their own ways of commemorating the anniversary, local veterans reflected on the importance of educating our children.
Miss Bailey's first graders at Chipman Elementary in Salisbury were not even alive yet on the day terrorists attacked the U.S., killing thousands of innocent people. While it was a day many of us will never forget, it is a day these young children will only learn about: through textbooks, discussions and stories.
"Today, the students, they had a lot of questions and we've been talking about this for the last week and building up for today, just letting them know that on that day, a lot of bad things happened but we knew everything would be ok," explained Chipman Principal William Curtis.
Many individualized lessons, such as the ones taking place at Chipman, were going on in classrooms all across the county.
"I think a lot of times, it depends on the grade level and the school and the sensitivity of the students and what they can handle," noted Curtis. "So I think it's up to each principal to remind the students about current events and I think it's just a call by the principal and the administration."
At American Legion Post 64 in Salisbury, veterans gathered Tuesday to reflect.
They said keeping the memory of 9/11 alive -- through teaching younger generations -- is vital.
"Important? It's paramount," remarked veteran John Lynch.
"I think it's very important," added Vietnam veteran Ron Wildoner. "It's what we are. All of us in here, we've all served and basically, I don't think it should ever be forgotten."
Vietnam veteran John Iwanski agreed, saying, "I applaud those teachers for taking the initiative to do that, because all too often, these conflicts, other than 9/11, are forgotten and a lot of our kids today have no idea about the sacrifices that a lot of people made to keep this country safe and what it is today."
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