— Staff Reports
Vandagriff Elementary third-grader Knox Renfro, touched by the heroism of those who cared for the victims of 9/11, shared his thanks to first responders in a heartfelt letter after watching a video reviewing the event in his school classroom.
For the most part, children in elementary schools were not born when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks occurred.
Knox’s teacher, Taylor Aldridge, said she wanted to educate her students about an event they did not experience, yet affected the entire world. The film was on YouTube and called, “What Happened On September 11, 2001? (child friendly 9+).”
According to Aldridge, students had varying reactions, including one who said a relative was in the second-grade classroom with President George W. Bush when Bush first learned of the attacks.
“All of my students were so focused and attentive, and many had connections with those affected that day,” she said. “We talked about why the attacks occurred and the good citizenship of those who came to the rescue of so many.”
Students also made commemorative artwork which lines the school hallway.
Later that day, Knox borrowed his mother’s iPad and composed his letter of thanks, which will be forwarded to President Joseph Daniels of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The letter follows:
9/11 Twin Towers
My name is Knox I am nine years old and a boy. At school I was learning about the Twin Towers. I am so thankful to have good people in this country especially you. Our class watched the video about it. It was sad we saw a girl in a wheel chair with a broken arm and I am glad you took care of her. So I honor all of the hard work 911 has done. And I hope you get this letter.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Keep up the good work,