Chesapeake school finds creative way to teach about 9/11

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by Karen Hopkins

WVEC.com

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 5:36 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- Local schools are teaching children about the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

While Virginia is one of 20 states that includes 9/11 in its curriculum, the lesson starts in 6th grade history.

Elementary teachers have to answer questions much earlier. Many nine-year-old students don't understand what happened.

"I know that planes crashed into a building," student Erin Ackleson said.

Teacher Kelly Lader says some students have misconceptions about terrorists.

"You have to be mindful of where these children are coming from and their backgrounds."

Cedar Road Elementary started its own ceremony to teach younger children about the tragedy. Parents who are first responders or military came dressed in uniform.

"We want to remind students never to forget the continuing sacrifices of protecting our nation," school board chair Harry Murphy said.

Virginia Beach schools remembered 9/11 on its website, linking to a song created by local Hampton Roads artists.

Norfolk Schools sent a message to parents reminding everyone about the city's anniversary ceremony Sunday at Nauticus.

The Virginia Department of Education posted links on its homepage for teaching children about 9/11.  Click here for more information.

 

 

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