Last October, Saint Vincent hosted a forum about the impact the attacks of 9/11 has on young children, and how adults, caregivers and teachers should respond to children's fears and concerns about the horrific footage from that day. The forum was sponsored by Friends of Flight 93, Flight 93 National Memorial, Saint Vincent College, The Fred Rogers Center, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Excela Health.
It was broken into three sessions.
- The first session addressed the story of Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, just 40 miles from Saint Vincent. Speakers during the session included Gordon Felt (brother of passenger Edward Felt) and Jeff Reinbold (Site Manager for the Flight 93 National Memorial).
- The second session was entitled "Listen to the Children: Reflections of 9/11." It was a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Roberta Schomburg from Carlow University. The speakers included Karen Miller (a teacher at the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District), Adam Shaffer (Park Ranger at the Flight 93 National Memorial) and Dr. Andrea Lurier (Program Manager at the Highmark Caring Place).
- The final session was about responding to children's needs. Speakers included Steve Woods (a retired Child Development Specialist), Hedda Sherapan (Director or Early Childhood Initiatives at the Fred Rogers Company) and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr from the University of Pittsburgh.
Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. (Chancellor of Saint Vincent) and Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B. (President of Saint Vincent College) also spoke at the daylong event.
The event was hosted by Lladel Lichty, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Flight 93. Early in the proceedings, Mrs. Lichty addressed me directly and said that I (and my student camera operators) had the most important job of the day because we were recording and preserving the proceedings for teachers and caregivers in the future. It was a responsibility that I did not take lightly, and am proud to present the videos in this blog.
I will conclude by acknowledging the students who helped: Chris Zombek C'11, Eric Arbore C'12, and Dillon Monier C'13. Thank you for helping to preserve this important occasion.