September 11 - A National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by 216f on September 11, 2015 · Flag

Today, WINGS kids, staff, and AmeriCorps members participated in the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on September 11 as an annual tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in response to the attacks.

Our activities focused on three projects: thank-you letters to local police and firefighters; encouragement cards for active-duty service men and women; and quilts for those wounded in battle. 

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Our day began with a discussion of the September 11 tragedy. While many WINGS kids knew about the incidents, none were yet born on September 11, 2001.

WINGS program leaders provided the following explanation of the day's activities:

  • Today we are honoring all the branches of the military and veterans, which are people that served in the military.
  • On September 11th, when the country was attacked a lot of military people all had to come together and help one another.
  • Today we’re going to make some things for them to show our thanks to them for all that they do or did. 

Later, staff and members provided WINGS kids with some of the following discussion prompts which WINGS kids were able to process through the lens of our social-emotional learning curriculum:

  • Does anyone know what happened on this day 14 years ago?
  • Today we are going to learn about the service men and women who helped those in need on that horrible day. We want to recognize their efforts of leadership and courage and say thank you for all that they did and continue to do.
  • On the day of 9/11, the U.S. military were called into action to help protect and serve our country due to the attacks that our citizens suffered.
  • There are some men that decided that they did not like what America stood for and were not accepting of others with different beliefs.
  • Two airplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and a third plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
  • The last plane was going to crash into another building in Washington, D.C. but the passengers stopped the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field instead.
  • What leadership qualities do you think the military, firefighters and police officers showed on that day?

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Our finished products were beautiful and heartfelt. It was a pleasure to share some of them with local firefighters of College Park, GA.

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