At 8:10am on the morning of September 11, 2019, students and teachers at The Learning Center Charter School gathered in front of the school to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. After observing a moment of silence, the students mobilized into groups and performed acts of kindness and service across campus and the community.
This was the ninth year in a row the school has performed community service as a means to honor the lives lost on 9/11.
Students fanned out across the campus and community with a spirit of helpfulness. Some picked up litter along the River Walk while others scoured Conahetta Park for trash and debris. The Fifth Grade class volunteered at Nantahala Regional Library where they cleaned and organized books.
“Our annual day of service not only honors those victims, but develops the character of our students as well,” said Ryan Bender, head of school in training at the charter school. “Children’s television host Fred Rogers famously said that when he was a boy and saw scary things in the news, his mother would tell him to ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ Our annual day of service instills in these kids to become those helpers.”
Bender added that in addition to the day of service activities, teachers use the day to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom to this young generation of students who weren’t alive during the 2001 terror attacks. “Our goal is to ensure that these students understand this day and its significance to our history.”
First graders picked up litter in The Outdoor Learning Center and then made this poster with the trash they collected.
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