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Students at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy were not alive on September 11, 2001. On the 18th anniversary of the attacks, they are learning more about the tragedy and creating a memorial honoring the lives lost.
Students placed the name of each victim on a sheet of paper and created memorial markers they placed outside the school.
Dr. Kristy Verdi coordinated the memorial and wanted to create a way to engage students while teaching them the importance of September 11th.
Dr. Verdi invited a guest speaker who witnessed the attacks in New York to speak to students throughout the day.
Keather Snyder spoke to students about her experience in a hotel just one block away from the World Trade Center. She and colleagues felt a rumble when the first plane hit. Snhyder told students about the devastation she saw, and how she and 9 colleagues had to escape after the second plane hit the second tower.
"It's a great way for me to talk about the experience first hand. It's therapeutic, and its a way to keep their memory alive," said Snyder.
Students were able to listen to her story, and then place the markers of victims on the front lawn.
"Those are family members, like mothers, fathers and family members that got caught in the building during the collapse," said 7th grader Roeshaun Riley.