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Teacher Helps Young Students Understand What 9/11 Means

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As many reflect this weekend on a day in our country’s history most will never forget, school teachers face the challenge of explaining September 11th to students who simple weren’t alive to remember.

“The challenge is to make them really understand how important this is,” said history teacher Darla Gray at Piedmont Global Academy in Dallas ISD. “It needs to be more than just a day we have a ceremony. They need to truly understand.”

On Friday when Gray asked her 7th grade class to draw a picture on what should be remembered from September 11th, nearly every student drew the Twin Towers.

“It’s easy for us to draw the image of the Twin Towers but let’s see if we can go deeper,” Gray challenged her class.

Jaqueline Hernandez, 13, admitted it’s hard to understand what it was like on September 11th.

“It is hard because I wasn’t born,” she said. “So it’s like I can’t say the same thing about it as people who were alive. … I want to know how people were impacted by that. It’s important because it can happen again.”

Gray said she hoped by sharing her personal story about how she felt on September 11th her students will gain a better understanding.

“They don’t fully understand and that’s the challenging part,” she said. “How can they remember; how can they honor – when they don’t know.”

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