Sterling Heights, Warren
Warren Consolidated Schools reflect on 9/11
By Maria Allard
Posted September 25, 2013
WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Although many Warren Consolidated Schools students were too young to remember 9/11, they still paid tribute to those who lost their lives at the hands of terrorists Sept. 11, 2001.
Students in one Wilde Elementary classroom discussed the day and put their thoughts down in journals. Over at Beer Middle School, students read a statement on the tragic day, held a moment of silence and talked about making a difference in the world.
Several activities at Carleton Middle School marked the 12-year anniversary of the tragedy. Social studies students watched a 9/11 video, followed by a class discussion. Another class followed up the video by writing letters to local fire, police, emergency service personnel and military members.
Warren Mott High School staff and students also reflected on 9/11. Students were asked to share what they knew about the attack, viewed videos, wrote journals, discussed the Patriot Act and viewed images of the memorial site in New York City.
Cousino High School students observed the day in many ways, including students in Roxanne Garrish’s classroom. Garrish, who teaches criminal law and Advanced Placement American government, met students in the hallway with plastic Easter eggs. Inside each egg was a story of an American soldier killed while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
“To read about a certain individual and her family, it was heartwarming,” Cousino senior Souzan Dahma said. “It reminded me of the ones we lost.”
Reading about soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice also touched senior Marjanco Gorgievski.
“Be pleased for what you have,” he said. “There are people willing to risk everything for you and they don’t know you.”
Dahma and Gorgievski were both age 5 and in kindergarten when 9/11 happened.
“I remember teachers left the room and, when they came back, we were dismissed from school,” Gorgievski recalled.
He can still picture World Trade Center victims’ family members and friends holding up pictures of their loved ones in the hope someone know their whereabouts.
“I went home. All my family was watching the news,” Dahma said. “Everything just changed.”
Dahma and her family had moved from Syria to the U.S. in 2001. The high school student grew silent for a moment when thinking about the current conflict in the country in which she was born and still visits.
The Gorgievski family moved to America from Macedonia in 2000.
“We left there to prosper and for a better future,” he said. “We thought this was the safest place to be, and 9/11 happened.”
Both students agreed people should never forget 9/11.
“It’s a good reminder we are a county; we are whole,” Dahma said. “The people that lost loves ones, we support them.”
Garrish also showed a PowerPoint featuring images of 9/11 and the years following as Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” played.
“I love that song,” she said. “It always touches me.”
Students discussed why people become terrorists, Guantanamo Bay, the pros and cons of trying a terrorist in a military tribunal or federal courtroom, and current issues facing Americans.
In other classrooms, students watched a video of construction of the new World Trade Center, listened to a Twin Towers documentary, and read a handout of “The Greatest Job in the World.” The story regarded firefighters who were heroes and saved a woman from the North Tower.
About the author
Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.
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