91/11/2001: The Day That Changed America
Ireland Gives a Smile to the World
By Allie Herzog

The Smile to the World banner is 100 feet long and made up of 2,100 picutres.
After September 11, citizens of countries around the world wanted to pitch in to help America recover. A group in Ireland wanted to make something creative and positive, showing compassion and love for those suffering. They came up with the Smile to the World Project.

Children from every elementary school in Ireland were invited to paint a picture of joy, hope, and inspiration. Then, 2,100 of those pictures were put together to form a banner 100 feet long and 18 feet wide in the image of a rainbow.

"The energy and enthusiasm the kids put in is unbelievable," said Brian Cumiskey, cofounder of the project. He hopes that by bringing the banner to the U.S., it will "lift the spirits of New Yorkers and Americans everywhere."

Both students and teachers were very excited about the project, and they loved the idea of being able to respond to the tragedy in such a positive way, added Cumiskey.

In early September, the banner will be brought to New York City to commemorate the one-year anniversary of September 11. The banner will fly into Newark Airport and be met by a reception from the Governor of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey. From there it will travel to New York City, where it will be displayed at a ceremony and possibly be featured on the Today Show.

The banner will tour five other U.S. cities that were affected by the September 11 attacks, including Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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