As President Bush leads the nation in observing
the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, students
across the country will remember September 11 in their own special
Many schools, like Vassar Central Elementary School in Michigan,
will begin the day with a somber moment of silence at the exact
time the planes struck the World Trade Center. As they reflect,
students will take time to honor the victims and remember the
families who lost loved ones.
Other students will spend the day renewing their patriotism. After
spending a week paying tribute to American symbols, landmarks,
and heroes, students at Presa Elementary in Texas will host a
patriotic parade. Each classroom will decorate a float based on
the theme of "The American Spirit and Patriotism."
Students at the Julien Hathaway School in California will honor
the brave men and women who risked their lives for others on September
11. They will salute heroes in their own neighborhood, writing
letters to local firefighters thanking them for keeping their
In Arlington, Virginia, which is located just minutes from the
Pentagon, students at Abingdon Elementary will discuss how the
world has changed since September 11.
Just outside of Manhattan, students at P.S. 65 in Queens, New
York, will listen to patriotic songs while they join hands to
remember the victims and their surviving families.
Whether kids live within minutes of attack sites or hundreds of
miles away, they can mark the one-year anniversary by pledging
to make a difference, says Ron Adams of Broad Meadows Middle School
in Quincy, Massachusetts, which raised more than $3,000 last year
for children who lost a parent in the attacks.
"I'm hoping that September 11 isn't a day that we just look back
as a historical moment, but a day when we look back, remember,
and take action," he says.