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Students Plant Flowers for 9/11

On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 2nd grade students in Ms. Hughes class at Alamo, listened to part of the book titled “September Roses.” This book tells the story of two women from South Africa who grow roses; they were flying to New York City for a flower show but end up landing on the day of the 9/11 attacks. They were stranded at the airport until a man found them a place to stay. They wanted to repay his kindness with roses, but he suggested take their roses to Union square where people could use something uplifting. The story goes on to say that the sisters built two towers of roses.

The kids discussed how the sisters helped others feel better with their roses in the wake of such a tragedy. In light of the story, the students planted their own flowers. They used sunflowers and will be watching them grow for the next few weeks while they begin their science unit on plants.

It was a nice way for them to honor those impacted by the 9/11 attacks and start a new project at school.

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