Are there appropriate ways for our school to commemorate the Sept 11th terrorist events with school-age children?
Although it is important to honor those who were lost that day, it may be most helpful for children to focus their energies in a positive way. For example, activities that promote patriotism or that recognize the importance of police and firefighters may be appropriate activities. Another idea would be to focus on activities that would help make your community a better place, such as planting flower gardens or forming a recycling drive. This is also a good opportunity to discuss diversity, tolerance, and discrimination.
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Last update: Friday, September 14, 2007