9/11 at school is Kindness, Peace, and Love Day. How do we help young children honor the brave people on 9/11? By remembering and celebrating how people were united in brotherhood and came together to help each other. We talk about heroes – firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, teachers…
Yes, heroes. They are the ones who face a tragedy and find goodness and strength. We can, too. Children can be heroes. There is a hero in us all.
Today we held the American flag. I talked to a whole school of children filled with big eyes and wearing red, white, and blue. I showed them how to stand and put their hand on their heart. We sang “God Bless America.” Then I asked, “Who is a hero?” The shout-outs were terrific:
Firefighters! Police officers! Teachers! Moms!
“You can be a hero, too. Yes, you can. You can help a friend. You can spread kindness. And when you see a firefighter or a police officer, please say ‘thank you’. So who’s going to celebrate Kindness, Peace and Love Day today?” Every hand went up.
We then sang one of our favorite songs about America, “Red, White and Blue” by Debbie Clement. While the song is a book, based on quilting America, it is the children’s favorite.
We will never forget 9/11, and we will always celebrate Kindness, Peace, and Love Day. Today was a wonderful day.