A multitude of learning lenses were utilized as part of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School’s efforts to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11.
During the course of several days, students in all grade levels will spend time learning about the events of 9/11. Using a variety of approaches, students had multiple opportunities to explore the event from different angles. Teachers used a several resources to help students, all born post 9/11, learn about how the events on that Tuesday morning 20 years ago unfolded before the eyes of America.
Silent passing between periods on Sept. 10 served as a time of reflection.
“During this time, all staff and faculty came out to the hallway to join students to reflect and pay their respect to victims, families, first responders, and those who continue to fight for our freedom,” explained Wellington C. Mepham High School Principal Eric Gomez.
Eric Arlin, the executive director of the district’s alternative education center housed at Brookside, led a poignant ceremony in the courtyard. Students, staff and administrators gathered around the rusted 1,600-pound steel girder that once held up the Twin Towers.
At John F. Kennedy High School, students raised funds for the Tunnels to Towers Foundation via a flag sale. Flags were dotted along the front lawn throughout the day Sept. 10.
“Our social studies department and school and community leadership classes provided many opportunities for students to learn about these tragic events and find ways to honor the lives lost through acts of community service,” explained Principal Gerard Owenburg. “Additionally, our entire school contributed to creating a 20th anniversary 9/11 Field of Remembrance in front of our building.”
At Sanford H. Calhoun High School, building administrators pushed into English classes “to talk about the responsibility we all have to build a community in which every person has a right to feel safe and that they belong,” explained Principal Nicole Hollings.
Students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools were encouraged to speak to an older relative to “get a better understanding of why we never forget this day, or even participate in an act of service big or small.”
“We spent time commemorating the events of that day, but also focused on remembering the ways in which ordinary citizens rose to the challenge, united together, and responded with extraordinary acts of courage,” added Merrick Avenue Principal Katelyn Dunn.
“Students in humanities and elective classes will investigate the historical context of the events that transpired on 9/11, discuss the significance of honoring the sacrifices of so many who served, and acknowledge the selfless acts of heroism that took place on that day,” added Grand Avenue Principal Carlo Conte.