I’m sure you remember exactly where you were when the twin towers were hit. I certainly know I do! However, today’s students are often too young to remember what all went on during that day and the months after that (and many had not even been born yet!). This year I want to do something to help students remember and understand why this day is so special and needs to be respected and honored.
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On September 11, I am going to start by reading 14 Cows for America. Just recently I was introduced to this book by my school’s librarian. It’s the story of a man who was studying in New York City during the attacks. When he went home, he told his people all that had happened. They then decided to share 14 of their sacred cows with the American people. It shares the true character and kindness that so many people felt or gave during one of our country’s most difficult times. I believe it would work well for students grades 2 and up.