PIQUA — Many remember where they were when the tragic Sept. 11 attacks took place, but most teenagers and anyone 14 years old and younger will only know the day through their parents, teachers, and YouTube videos.
Second graders at Springcreek Primary dedicated the day to learning about the historical event in an age-appropriate fashion on Friday. Students learned the background on the event and what it means to be a hero; they took away some important lessons as an outcome. While rehearsing the Pledge of Allegiance, Principal Connie Strehle took a moment to tell the student body why the day is special.
“Even though (second graders) weren’t born yet, they understood the concepts of heroes and things like that,” teacher Jenn Dyas said. “When something bad happens, we learn to come together … the goal (of lessons), for me, is you’re in America and we are united.”
Dyas said her students related the event to their own personal struggles and asked many questions such as, “Who was all there?”
“It was cool to see how their minds work,” Dyas said.
Second graders in each class all read the book “September 12th: We Knew Everything Will Be All Right,” which was written and illustrated by first graders at Masterson Elementary School in Kennet, Mo. The book showed vibrant art of the children themselves engaging in ordinary routines, giving the message that after a bad incident, the next day always comes.
Following the reading, students worked on a project. Dyas’ students created an illustration of themselves with a hero in their lives, and colored in an illustrated awareness ribbon, with the phrase “Never forgotten: September 11, 2001.”
Students Kylan Hughes, Carter Davis, Kelsi Stahl, and Justice Carwley shared what they learned and their reaction about 9/11.
“I knew buildings were knocked down by airplanes and came by force to us, and we didn’t know why and a lot of people got hurt,” Stahl said.
“American buildings fell down because an airplane crashed into it … and another (airplane) got crashed down,” Carwley said.
“I was very surprised,” Davis said when he learned about the terrorist attacks. “I learned that this is a very special day.”
Hughes sums up the day quite simply.
“People got hurt because it was a really sad day,” he said.
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