A tribute to those lost on 9/11

In Kim Coletta’s Grade 5 Language Arts class, students designed flags to honor the lives lost on 9/11. The assignment stemmed from a virtual presentation during Grade 5 author week.  

Author Alan Gratz spoke to the class from the Politics & Prose Bookstore, virtually sharing his new novel Ground Zero, written in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Following the presentation, the students studied more about 9/11. They created the flags and wrote a description of their flag and what it symbolizes.  

“At the center of my flag, I put the hammer and the wrench. That symbol is the most important because it represents the workers,” wrote John ’28.  

“I did the red circle to show, even in bad times, America is still one,” wrote Isaiah ’28. His flag featured red and black colors and a circular design in the upper corner.  

“The red cross represents he courage and strength of our first responders who risked their lives to save others that day,” wrote William ’28. “I was inspired by the bravery of first responders to make this flag and I hope this flag inspires others.” His flag featured a red cross and a symbol of a flame.  

The student flags and descriptions were compiled into an online book.