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Re: school's responses to attack


From: Judy Nagel (jdnag_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 14:09:05 PDT

Dear Wendy, Please do not lose heart; do what you think is right. FYI Our
CEO was and still is in Washington DC and we received a personal account of
what happened there. Maybe your leaders are too remote to know how to
respond. Our company is allowing employees to take time off to give blood
and is organizing fundraisers of many kind to benefit such organizations as
the Salvation Army's Tower Relief Fund and The Red Cross. We also are
showing our solidarity and sympathy by displaying our country's colors on
Friday in the office and on our person. Simple things like this can be done
at the school level. It sounds like you will have to be the impetus. Good
luck! Judy
----- Original Message -----
From: "wendy free" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:43 PM
Subject: school's responses to attack

> hi,
> i am interested to hear how other schools and school districts are
> addressing our national tragedy. i teach at a high school in florida. i
> of the belief that an event of this magnitude deserves to be dealt with in
> concrete, unified, strong, and responsible manner as possible concerning
> students. in my classes today i followed the lead of artsednetter
> and gave my students an opportunity to write and draw to begin grappling
> with their thoughts and feelings about the attack. at the end of the day
> was overcome by what i had seen and heard. i went to my assistant
> and asked if preparations were being made to address the tragedy as a
> school. i was told it was up to individual teachers. i then went to my
> teacher mailbox and found a flier announing a school pep rally this
> i feel sick at the disservice i feel we are doing to our students. when i
> got home i called the superintendent's representative and asked if our
> school district was formulating some type of plan to assist students with
> this crisis. i felt like the rep thought i was nuts.
> it would be great to know that some districts and school leaders out there
> do have plans to support students as a educational community in some
> thoughtful, organized way. maybe i could share some of these ideas with
> school leaders. meanwhile, i will continue, along with some other
> to help in my classroom. i know there is no right way to cope with this,
> and it is very difficult for me to grapple with myself, but i am
> disappointed with what i perceive as a lack of interest and lack of
> responsibility. i am thankful for the ideas of all the artsednetters and
> for the inspirational words i have heard televised from other leaders. i
> and my students hope with all our hearts for peace for all, for an end to
> this suffering. our hearts ache with you.
> wendy free
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