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September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Funded in part by the North Jersey Media Group Foundation and published by Social Studies School Service, The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum, features seven teaching units designed to help students reflect on the impact and legacy of September 11, 2001. Units include activities for understanding 9/11 as history, debating the government’s role during disasters, discussing the nature of heroism, evaluating foreign policy vis-à-vis national security, and clarifying how informed citizens can take beneficial action. Relying on open-ended inquiry, activities also prompt students to interpret primary source materials including photographs, video footage, and oral histories; and to document their findings by means such as Google Earth and a timeline. Two DVDs supply interviews with survivors, rescuers, victims’ relatives from the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and hijacked airliners, and political leaders (including Secretary of State Clinton and Mayor Rudy Giuliani). The program also features a 12 minutes remembrance presentation, discussion questions and a video timeline of the day. A binder includes complete lesson plans and reproducible handouts. Grades 6–12. ©2009.
District-wide teacher professional development workshops on 9/11 instruction in the classroom are also offered to build educators’ comfort level with the material.
To learn more and to download free lessons and content, visit www.LearnAbout9-11.org
Beverly Eckert Tribute and Service Award
Beverly Eckert’s life was one lived in service to others and her tireless commitment to honor the 9/11 victims by improving homeland security has helped to make the country safer. Beverly died aboard Continental Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009. She was on route to Buffalo to help establish a scholarship in her late husband, Sean Rooney’s honor. Sean was killed on 9/11. This tribute/ award program in Mrs. Eckert’s honor will recognize outstanding citizens (of all ages) who are committed to helping others, advancing a policy issue and who have made an impact for the greater good. Mrs. Eckert’s example in the way that she lived her life and brought about social change will guide the selection of the honorees.
9/11 Youth Legacy Program ©
The 9/11 Youth Legacy Program was developed to educate the youth directly affected by 9/11 on the importance of civic participation and activism. Held in Washington, D.C., participants meet with elected officials and their staff, journalists and lobbyists as well as tour the Capitol and national memorials. Participants are provided with an overview of civic process and practical tools and a roadmap to become active citizens. Participants are assigned a project to complete outside of the program and earn the distinction of “Legacy Fellow” upon completion of their respective projects. Taft Institute for Government at Queens College is a collaborator on this program.
Oklahoma City/September 11th Family Exchange
Originated by WTCUFG in March 2002, the Oklahoma City/September 11th Family Exchange is a mutual peer support program, which unites the September 11th community with the members of the Oklahoma City bombing community. This exchange is held each year in April and September. Throughout each portion of the exchange, peer support activities are held to promote healing and connection, and include support groups, panel discussions and visits to respective memorials and commemorative ceremonies.
WTCUFG hosts holiday gathering to unite our community during the difficult holiday season. This event features a coping during the holiday’s discussion, art therapy projects, good food and family. Our 2004 Holiday Gathering was featured on NBC Nightly News.
We have found great success in empowering our community by channeling our energies to help others in need. In 2004, WTCUFG adopted the brave men and women of the 39th Infantry stationed in Iraq and coordinated a community wide care package collection drive to benefit the troops (PDF article). WTCUFG will continue this tradition. In 2004/2005, WTCUFG community members presented a collective contribution of $140,000 to benefit the individuals devastated by the tsunami disaster. In previous years, we coordinated toy drives to benefit Toys for Tots and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Online Peer Support Forum/Mental Health Offerings
WTCUFG originated the online peer support forum in an attempt to unite individuals directly affected by September 11th regardless of geographic location.
Since our inception in September 2001, WTCUFG has distributed information on September 11th related topics via our email outreach.