Wednesday marks 12 years since terrorist attacks on the United States
changed the nation forever -- as well as the third school year 9/11 has been taught as part of the history curriculum at Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage.
The 20 students in Mary Lee Tung’s sixth grade history class recited the poem “I Stood” during their lesson Wednesday.
“I stood in one place, I saw them approach from a mile away,” the class read in unison, recounting the events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001.
“All this stuff happening, it just really makes me sad,” said
11-year-old student Rachel Derrico. “I’m from a military family, and my
dad still cries, so it’s kind of emotional for me.”
For some students, Tung's class is their first real introduction to
details of the attacks, although parents are encouraged to discuss 9/11
with their children at home before they start learning about it in the
"I enjoy teaching it,” Tung said. “The event is very difficult for me
to work through, but it’s part of me, it's part of what I do, teaching
American history...It's so important because in sixth grade, they begin
to look at what their role is in history right now."
No graphic pictures or images are shown during the class, and Tung
says she’s received positive feedback from parents about the class.
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