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Children's Tributes of Art, Writing, Artifacts to be Displayed at 9/11 Impact on Children Forum

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Posted: Monday Sep 12, 2011
Tributes of original drawings, letters and artifacts by children will be displayed at the 9/11 Forum: Impact on Young Children for parents, educators, student-teachers, community workers and others interested in the welfare of children to be held at the Fred. M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 6.

The display will include tributes and message cards left at the Flight 93 National Memorial, scans of cards left at the New York City World Trade Center site in October 2001, and letters written by sixth graders to Shanksville in September 2001.

Some of the children offered comforting comments and others just drew pictures of angels, flags and crosses. “It is amazing that people cared enough to lay down their lives for others,” one child, age 11, wrote. “They made it their responsibility to stop that plane. I think that is something that should be honored for generations to come.”

Another wrote, “Dear heroes, you did a good job helping America.”

Countless stuffed animals arrived in New York City from across the country, many with notes attached. One child wrote, “You can keep this bear to make you feel better.”

This special event is sponsored by Saint Vincent College, The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, the National Park Service, the Friends of Flight 93, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Excela Health.

Featured speakers include Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93; Jeff Reinbold, site manager of the Flight 93 National Memorial; Dr. Roberta Schomburg, associate dean of education at Carlow University; Steve Woods, retired child grief specialist, The Highmark Caring Place; Hedda Sharapan, director of early childhood initiatives, The Fred Rogers Company; Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, professor and department chair, University of Pittsburgh School of Education; Adam Shaffer, park ranger, Flight 93 National Memorial; Andrea Lurier, program manager, Highmark Caring Place; and Karen Miller, a second grade teacher in the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District. Remarks will also be offered by Lladel Lichty of the Friends of Flight 93; Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College; and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, chancellor of Saint Vincent College.

Because of increased discussion of the tragedy in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the opening of the first phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial, the mission of the forum is to focus on the needs and questions of children ages 5 to 9.

Cost to attend the Forum is $20 which includes continental breakfast and luncheon. The deadline for registration is Monday, September 26 but early registration is advised due to limited seating. Register online at http://www.stvincent.edu/events/september-11-symposium-online-registration or direct registration inquiries to the Event and Conference Services Office at Saint Vincent College, 724 805-2177. An overview of the event and program agenda can be accessed at http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/resources/september-11-forum/.

The forum is being coordinated by a committee headed by Mrs. Ginny Barnett of Latrobe, a member of the Friends of Flight 93.