Teaching importance of 9/11

Teachers finding ways to honor the thousands of lives lost on September 11th

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mini flags line the walkways and halls of Marie Davis Global Academy in Charlotte in honor of 9/11. Many of the school's 9th graders weren't even born when the attacks happened 15 years ago.

"I know it was in NY," said one student. 

"I  know a lot of people died," said another. "It was like a long time ago," she explained

For Art Teacher Vauncile Drusin, 9/11 is far from a distant memory. She taught near a military base back then. "My students were waiting on calls to see if their parents were okay in the pentagon, things like that. It was heartwrenching," she recalled. 

Drusin is teaching her students about that day.  Her class painted a spirit rock to honor the lives lost.  It is one of several events at Marie Davis Friday dedicated to educating students about 9/11. "As years went on you're educating them there's no memory, they just hear about on the news or see videos," she said."

"They have a lot of questions and that's what's awesome, they do want to know the history," Drusin explained. 

However, effects of 9/11 is still very much in the present for many doing the teaching.

"I had a son that served in Iraq, he came home. Some show the wounds, some don't," she said. But for her son life after war wasn't the same. "He's still at war," Drusin said.

While teachers like Drusin have first hand accounts of September 11th and its aftermath, she says you didn't have to live it to understand what happened.

"I wasn't at the Revolution or the Civil War," she said.  "But to celebrate those victories, those fights for freedom any battle that brings people together when you can teach it and relive it, it does have an impact," she explained.

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