Source
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and Florida Eagle Scout Jeff Cox are working together to build a memorial honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Photo courtesy Shelby Fallin)

Victims of 9/11 Honored

 

Eagle Scout project to build memorial in Florida

By Shelby Fallin | September 10 , 2009

This week communities across the country are honoring the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Jeff Cox, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout from Windermere, Florida, wants to give people in his community a way to honor those victims every day. He decided to bring a piece of the World Trade Center buildings to his hometown for a memorial.

"I remember I was in second grade and I really didn't know what was going on," Cox said of the attacks. "Then seeing these two huge buildings falling down on TV—it was like a scary movie, and I never really liked scary movies."

On September 11, 2001, four consumer airplanes were hijacked and intentionally crashed in a terrorist attack on the United States. Two planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centers in New York City. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane was headed for the White House, but crashed instead into a field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people died in the attacks. Many of those people were firefighters and police officers—first responders—attempting to save people from the wreckage.

The young Eagle Scout's older brother is a local firefighter who was recently wounded in the line of duty. Cox said he wanted to honor the firefighters and other first responders, as well as the memories of all the people who died that day.

To put his plan in action, he first did some research. Cox went online and found that the Port Authority of New York City had preserved pieces of metal from the World Trade Center buildings. He then approached the Mayor of Windermere, Gary Bruhn, to see if the town would be interested in having a memorial.

"I thought it was a tremendous idea," Bruhn said. "We have a lot of requests for projects. This is a project that will stand the test of time and generations."

The Port Authority gave Cox several choices. He finally chose a 650-pound beam that was recovered from the destroyed buildings. The Port Authority keeps remnants from the attacks in Hangar 17 at JFK Airport in Queens, New York.

The next problem was how to ship such a huge hunk of steel from New York to Florida. Cox started looking for sponsors and volunteers to help. It didn't take long. UPS has agreed to sponsor some of the cost of the shipping and local engineers have volunteered to design the memorial.

The town of Windermere donated a piece of land where the memorial will be placed. The city is helping Cox find someone to donate a spotlight.

Cox hopes to have the memorial finished by the end of the year. He is planning a dedication ceremony on February 20, 2010.

"The town of Windermere is celebrating its firefighters and policemen that day and I thought that would be a great day to dedicate the memorial, too," he said.

Mayor Bruhn agrees.

"It will be a constant reminder of those firefighters and first responders not only on 9/11 but beyond that," Bruhn said. "They serve our community and put their lives on the line everyday."

The memorial is not just for Windermere residents, but all of Central Florida as well, the Mayor added. "I think it will touch a lot of people to see steel from the actual towers."

You can find out more about the artifacts being preserved in Hangar 17 at JFK airport in New York from a report written by Kid Reporter Juliette Kessler in 2007. Kessler, who was also in second grade when the attacks occurred, was in school only a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Six years later she toured the hangar and remembered her experiences from that day.

About the Author

Shelby Fallin is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.


  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    A True Book™—Environment & Conservation: Air Pollution

    A True Book™—Environment & Conservation: Air Pollution

    by Rhonda Lucas Donald

    Another great title from Scholastic. Detailed description coming soon.

    $5.21 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 3-4
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    A True Book™—Environment & Conservation: Air Pollution
    Grades 3-4 $5.21
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    New Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition Grades K-3

    New Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition Grades K-3

    The NEW Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition offers over 5,000 inspiring books, across an enormous variety of text types, themes, genres, topics and content areas to put all students on a fast track to mastering complex text. This 3rd edition also includes new print and digital resources and assessment tools that explicitly support college & career readiness.
    What's NEW?!
    Guided Reading Toolkit
    : A BRAND NEW print and digital resource offering critical strategies for using guided reading effectively and to prepare for next generation assessments.
    Digital Resources: Create custom text sets with the Text Set Finder by sorting titles by Guided Reading level, Genre, Theme, and Text Type.
    Assessment Kits: Next Step Guided Reading Assessment from Jan Richardson and Maria Walther provides streamlined assessment tools for data driven instruction!
    Updated Implementation Guide featuring NEW sections addressing:
        -Common Core State Standards
        -Text-Dependent Questions & Close Reading
        -Using Guided Reading to Foster 21st Century Learning Skills


    NEW K-3 Leveled Bookroom Product Components

    Each K-3 Bookroom Includes:
    • 595 Titles (6 copies each)
    • 3,570 Books (GR Levels A-Q, DRA Levels A-40, Lexile Levels BR-1000)
    • Master Title List (PDF)
    • Downloadable Identification Stickers that include each book’s title, author, genre, Guided Reading level, DRA Level, and Lexile level
    • Teaching Cards for every title
    • 1 Resource Kit*
    • 2 Next Step Guided Reading Sets

    *Each Resource Kit Includes:
    • Guided Reading Implementation DVD
    • Guided Reading Implementation DVD Viewing Guide
    • Leveled Bookroom Set-Up Guide
    • 5 Guided Reading Toolkits (Implementation Guide, Flip Chart, and Website access)
    • Text Set Finder Access
    • 15 NEW Implementation Guides which include:
      • Running Records for every level
      • Behavioral Observation Assessments
      • Skills & Strategies Charts
      • Reproducible Genre Bookmarks in English and Spanish
      • Reproducible Check Out Logs
      • Common Core Support

    $16,540.00 You save: 25%
    Scholastic Leveled Bookroom | Grades K-3
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    New Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition Grades K-3
    Grades K-3 $16,540.00
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com