ERIC Number: ED510088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
In Their Own Words: 9/11 Parents Help Other Parents & Schools with Lessons Learned
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
The tragedy of September 11 had a special significance for the parents of the nearly 6,000 children who attended the seven public schools located in the World Trade Center impact zone. Healthy Schools Network has documented first hand accounts of the experiences of that day and its aftermath. In addition to extensive interviews, last winter a short survey was distributed to parents at PS 234, PS 89, IS 89 and PS 150, elementary and intermediate schools in Lower Manhattan. Demonstrating the traditional support parents often give their children's schools, sixty-seven percent (67%) of 316 parent respondents said, given how sudden and how terrible the attacks were, their schools could not have done anything differently during the evacuation. Importantly, not one child was killed or seriously injured; some parents reported being unable to locate their children for 3-12 hours; almost all respondents volunteered advice. This paper highlights the constructive advice of experienced parents-- thoughtfully and generously volunteered to help others. The vivid comments in the selections in this paper are "verbatim" and stand as testimony of the desire of these parents to share their own invaluable "Lessons Learned" with the rest of the nation. [Funding for this report was provided by New York Foundation.]
Descriptors: Parents, Terrorism, Coping, Interviews, Emergency Programs, School Counseling, Parent Role, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Administrator Responsibility, Child Safety, Planning
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 773 Madison Avenue 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12208. Tel: 518-462-0632: Fax: 518-462-0433; Web site: http://www.healthyschools.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Intermediate Grades
Authoring Institution: Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: New York