To The Daily Sun,
I am a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant Street School in Laconia.
Teachers make connections with their students every day. Never did I think that a connection made in my classroom on Sept. 11, 2001, would continue to last after all these years.
As I met my class after hearing the devastating news on that fateful day, I was at a loss for words, wanting to keep calm in the face of such uncertainty. I simply told my students that something dreadful had happened to our country and they would be hearing much more about it on the news when they got home.
It was certainly an emotional day for all of us. Of course, we all remember where we were and how we felt.
One of my students, Joshua Cherok was in my class that year. Each year since he has sent a letter of remembrance on the anniversary of 9/11.
In this year's letter, he reflected on how we came together as a class under very difficult circumstances and how he felt safe. He remembered how the tissue box was passed around as we sat in the circle just being together. He remembered...
Josh had a dream of becoming an airline pilot as evidenced by his fourth-grade illustration on our classroom door. I am proud to say he has achieved his dream and is flying planes today.
On behalf of teachers everywhere and particularly my colleagues at Pleasant Street School, keep making those connections. You never know where they will lead.
Grade 4, Pleasant Street School
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