On September 11, 2020, silence fell across the St. Timothy’s School campus at 8:46 a.m. to remember those who lost their lives or lost loved ones during the September 11 terrorist attacks. Nineteen years ago at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. To honor those affected by the 9/11 attacks, the flags around campus are flying at half-staff.
This day of remembrance is also a learning opportunity, as current STS students had not yet been born. Many middle school advisors used their time with students to discuss what happened. Every year on this day, eighth grade observes the anniversary with class activities that teach more about the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. In history class, the eight graders experienced the 9/11 Memorial Museum with virtual reality headsets. They saw the memorial with names of the deceased, a quote made out of steel from the original Twin Towers, a fire truck that had been badly damaged in the fires, tiles in different shades of blue that were reminiscent of the blue sky on the day of the attacks and much more. The eighth graders also heard about the long-lasting aftermath of the attacks.
Fourth-grade teachers led discussions with their classes about the people who helped during 9/11. September 11 is nationally recognized as a Day of Service and the fourth graders participated by making blessing bags to keep in their cars and hand out if they see someone in need. They filled the bags with bottled water, snacks and a card with a positive message to share the spirit of hope and love that came out of such a sad day.