School Plans 9/11 Activities
Students will mark the anniversary with a pledge against hate, interviews with staff.
The day the planes crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, they were just babies — far too young to understand the impact the events had on the country and the world at large.
Now, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, faculty at one Romeoville middle school are planning a day of events aimed at teaching kids about one of the most tragic days in American history.
“The eighth-graders were only 3 [on 9/11],” A. Vito Martinez social studies teacher Kristy Caywood noted, with their sixth- and seventh-grade counterparts were even younger.
On Friday, students will interview staff members about their recollections from Sept. 11, 2001, as a way of learning more about the events and their importance.
“Hopefully, that sharing of stories will give them a better perspective,” Caywood said.
Students will also sign a pledge aimed at stamping out what many believe was the root cause of the terrorist attacks: hatred.
“So we’re signing a pledge to say, ‘I pledge to stop hate,’” Caywood said.
The signed pledges will hang in the hallways as a reminder to students about the importance of speaking out against hate and intolerance.
The pledge reads as follows:
- I pledge from this day onward to do my best to interrupt prejudice and to stop those who, because of hate, would hurt, harass, or violate the civil rights of anyone.
- I will try at all times to be aware of my own biases against people who are different from myself.
- I will ask questions about cultures, religions and races that I don't understand.
- I will speak out against anyone who mocks, seeks to intimidate, or actually hurts someone of a different race, religion, ethnic group or sexual orientation.
- I will reach out to support those who are targets of harassment.
- I will think about specific ways my school, other students and my community can promote respect for people and create a prejudice-free zone.
- I firmly believe that one person can make a difference and that no person can be an "innocent bystander" when it comes to opposing hate.