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Reflections on 9/11

Share your story

The UFT is collecting the stories and reflections of its members. If you would like to share your experiences on 9/11 or the days that followed, please email bgibbons@uft.org by June 17. Your comments may be part of a special project to honor the contributions of educators on that fateful day.

Each and every one of us has a story about 9/11 and its aftermath. Stories not just of loss and heartache, but also of courage and heroism, hope and inspiration.

New Yorkers came together that day like never before. Among them were the educators who helped rush students to safety and the schools that opened their doors for the displaced and distraught.

In the weeks following the disaster, teachers were there to help console students and colleagues who had lost so much, while also searching for ways to explain to their students what had happened and why.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the country will pause to reflect on the events of that tragic day and the many, many indelible stories of bravery and compassion that came out of that dark time. We want to hear yours.