Messages to Ground Zero
For a better world to arise from the ashes of 9/11, character education must take first place in our everyday lives
The events of 9/11 are imprinted on the memories of every man, woman and child in our country. But if those events, terrible as they were, live only as a memory, the evil lives on. If we look at those events as being filled with shining examples of what good character means, we'll have begun to create a better world; a world in which terrorism would find it hard to find a foothold.
The following poems and above artwork were created by the children of New York City Public Schools and published in a book entitled Messages To Ground Zero (Heinemann, 2002, $l1.95 plus s/h). The book was put together by Shelley Harwayne, former NYC teacher, now Superintendent of District 2, NYC, and the Chancellor of NYC schools, Harold Levy. All work in connection with the book was done gratis. The publisher, Heinemann Publishers, is donating all monies from the sale of the books to the Fund for Public Schools NYC.
The activities, developed by Teaching K-8, following each poem, provide suggestions for incorporating character education into your curriculum. We've also included some 9/11 resources which make great jumping-off points for additional character education activities.