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Parkway schools participated in a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11

On Friday, September 9, all Parkway schools participated in a moment of silence in remembrance of the tragedy that struck our nation on the morning of September 11, 2001. Our Superintendent, Dr. Keith Marty, asked all schools to pause to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been forever changed by 9/11. While the specific timing of the moment of silence was left up to each building principal, Dr. Marty asked that it take place at some point between 8:46 am and 10:03 am. This specific timeframe was selected because it marks the times in which the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower and the time that the final plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed in Pennsylvania.

Below is what was read over the intercom

“Nearly ten years ago, our nation experienced one of its most difficult days. Today, we pause from our daily routines to reflect upon the lives lost and the lives forever changed by the tragic events that unfolded the morning of September 11, 2001. We also pause to contemplate the resiliency of our citizens and our remarkable ability of working together in the face of tragedy. Please join with me as we honor these memories in a Moment of Silence.”

Resources about 9/11 for Parents

National Association of School Psychologists
"NASP offers the brief information to support parents, educators, and other caregivers helping children understand the many facets of the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. It is important to remember those who died, honor those who keep the country safe, and reflect on the country’s resilience. Some children and adolescents may experience or re-experience strong feelings related to the attacks because of their personal circumstances. Adults can help them process their reactions in a healthy way. We can also take this opportunity to foster children’s resilience and coping skills, and to help them see themselves as a positive force in their world, despite adversity."

Remembering September 11
From Pearson Online Learning Exchange, this site contains links to Elementary and Secondary multimedia resources and activities for teaching about September 11.

Our Story:  Activities:  September 11, 2001
From the Smithsonian Museum of American History, this site includes activities that “provide a starting point to help families and classrooms discuss the shocking events of September 11 and how communities respond in times of trouble.” Included on the site is a link to the online version of the children’s book, “The Little Chapel That Stood”. “This book retells the events of September 11, 2001, through illustrations and poetry without going into graphic details. The title refers to St. Paul's Church, a real church located within blocks of the World Trade Center that served as a hub for rescue and recovery workers.”

Teach + Learn | National September 11 Memorial and Museum
From the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, this site includes Teaching Guides and suggestions for Talking to Your Children About 9/11.