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Heroes of 9/11 celebrated in Ms. Cobb’s classes

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HEROES AND HEARTBREAK: Mr. Brandon shares his memories of September 11 with students.

HEROES AND HEARTBREAK: Mr. Brandon shares his memories of September 11 with students.

HEROES AND HEARTBREAK: Mr. Brandon shares his memories of September 11 with students.

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TELLING STORIES- Officer Baker talks to students about his experience of 9/11.

This year in Ms. Cobb’s classes, each student did a heroes project associated with the events of 9/11. The students at GBMS weren’t alive when this event occurred, but many of the teachers at GBMS watched the events unfold on live TV. Ms. Cobb says, “I think it’s important that we never forget that tragic day in our nation’s history.” She also says, “I think it is our responsibility to teach lessons learned that day—not just that we were attacked, not that we suffered great loss, but that we came together as a nation.” 

Ms. Cobb’s 7th grade class watched the ESPN story of the Man in the Red Bandana. If in 6th grade, she read them a children’s book about Welles Crowder, but the ESPN piece introduces him on a different level. In the ESPN story, students see and experience the sacrifices he made. This young man was an ordinary guy who did extraordinary acts to help others that day. Following their discussion of the video, they wrote letters to the heroes of that day—first responders, military personnel, and Welles’ parents. They designed letterheads often expressing #NEVERFORGET and added Word CLOUDS with hero traits. 

PAST MEMORIES- Ms. Cobb shows her students pictures from 9/11.

The 6th grade classes started with interviewing their parents about the events of 9/11. Then they participated in a visual walk about various stations. These stations included books, a song, print materials, and images of that day. Ms. Cobb ended the lesson with reading the children’s book The Man in the Red Bandana. 

Ms. Cobb says, “My heroes from that day are the ordinary people who did their jobs/got up that morning, and just went to work. Some of them sacrificed everything to help and save others. Welles was on the top of that list.”

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