Most of the eighth graders at RMS were no older than three or four years old when terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and attempted to crash a fourth plane into another government building, possible the White House. This year, on the ten-year anniversary of this tragic event in American history, RMS students and faculty remembered and honored both the heroes and the victims.
Teachers veered from their regular lessons to mark the date of the 10-year anniversary. Faculty wore red, white, and blue to show their patriotism,and the entire school participated in a moment of silent reflection. Mrs. Gardner’s fifth block class reflected on the day by reading first-hand accounts of those affected, either directly or indirectly, by 9/11. They then wrote “found poems” based on these accounts. These poems are shared below.
“A Hero’s Tale”
By: Zahariah L., Infiniti N., Ta Shawn L., Janay B., Genard J., Oscar L., and Bethany G.
“I love you.”
*This poem was based on an interview with Lyzbeth Glick Best, the widow of one of the heroes of Flight 93 which crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
By: Winter W., Keyon P., Rochaud H., Ezekiel C., Malique A., and Joseph H.
Tremendous, excruciating unrelenting pain
*This poem was based on an interview with Major Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in an ambush when insurgents shot a grenade into her plane.
By: Janae’ R., Alexis F., and Aundria B.
World Trade Center
Escape from South Tower
Scared, courage, sacrifice
“Maybe we can join them where they live, or at least enough to remember what we are capable of, come out of the shadows and get back to work”
*This poem was based on an interview with Times reporter Nancy Gibbs who covered the events of 9/11.
“A Photographer’s Point of View”
By: Alyssa R. And C’era S.
No shelter from vibrations
World Trade Center
“Light of Hope”
By: Kendall L., Tiffany B., and Charles S.
Toward burning sky
*The above two poems were based on interviews with Times reporter James Nachtwey who documented the events of 9/11 on film. Mr. Nachtwey was temporarily buried in the rubble when the towers collapsed.