Get Resources to Bring 9/11 Lessons to the Classroom

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Greg Tucker

September 11th can be a challenging topic for educators. For younger students who weren't born or were very young in 2001, it's history. For older students and teachers, it's a vivid memory that may feel like a current event. Finding a way to make the day meaningful across the generations requires finesse and planning.

A volunteer writes a thank you letter to the troops at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established by Congress in 2009 to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy. This year Americans will pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and heroes by joining together in service to meet community needs.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and MyGoodDeed, which annually organizes the 9/11 “I Will” campaign.

CNCS and MyGoodDeed also collaborated with Scholastic to provide resources for families and teachers to help them guide activities and discussions on 9/11. These, along with other free resources, can be used to revisit the events of that day, provide tools for commemoration and reflection, or help adults lead children and students in discussion and service in the days surrounding September 11th.

We've included links to additional information and some of our favorite tools and websites below.

Additional 9/11 resources for educators can be found at the links below:

As this year's observance of the September 11th nears, we can continue this new tradition that honors and celebrates the service of 9/11's heroes, as well as the ones who continue to protect us every day. And we can continue the healing process by bringing understanding to children searching for answers about the day and why it should inspire them to serve their communities.

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