NEWS: Law “Pays It Forward” On 9/11
It’s been 13 years since 9/11, and for the second year in a row, Jonathan Law’s history program set up a day-long event with the purpose of learning about that tragic day.
Last year, the focus was on Welles Remy Crowther, or “The Man in the Red Bandana.” Students all gathered on the football field wearing red bandanas and learned about how Crowther lost his life while saving dozens of others while wearing his trademark red bandana.
Students continued the day by walking around the field and listening to stories from survivors, including people who were in the towers that day and volunteers who spent weeks cleaning up the site.
Last year’s city-wide event was coordinated by Law history teacher Mrs. Rowley and the Law history department. Rowley has worked for years on developing a 9/11 curriculum to be used in Milford schools.
“There is no curriculum on 9/11 for any history classes,” Rowley said “All current Law students were not even in kindergarten when this happened.”
This year, students received a small card with a picture and a small blurb about someone who lost their life on 9/11. The blurb was a brief biography about that person’s life, including their hobbies and a list of surviving family members.
During their history classes on September 10 and 11, students went to the football field and wrote a letter to the family of their assigned victim. They also wrote down or video recorded one good deed they had done in that person’s honor.
“It was a nice thing to do and I felt like I had an actual connection with the family I wrote to,” senior Chris Heine said.
Students then spent time walking around the football field as a form of respect for those lost on 9/11. Many students went to the center of the field to talk on-camera about their assigned person and what their good deed was.
Deeds ranged from volunteering in the Milford community to something as simple as holding the door for another person in the hallway.
“My good deed was that I paid for the coffee of the person in front of me at Dunkin’,” senior Nikola Reynolds said.
Reynolds is one of many in the Law student body and faculty that chose to treat 9/11 as a day of service.
While it is unfortunate to have to remember the tragic events that took place on that very day, Rowley said it was reassuring to see Law have such a positive attitude towards learning about that day and “paying it forward.”
(Photo courtesy Melissa Hanania)