Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at www.foractioninitiative.org.

November 9, 2010

Dear Friends,

Together we can make a difference, but we need your help!

I write to share with you good news about an important project that Families of September 11 has supported for several years and is nearing completion.  As we approach ten years since the horrible events of September 11, 2001, we take another step toward fulfilling our mission to raise awareness about the impact of terrorism.  Your gift of $25 will help us make sure that will happen.

In September, eight lesson plans developed by the 4 Action Initiative were posted on the website of My Good Deed—our colleagues who helped to create 9/11 as a National Day of Service. The 4 Action Initiative is a joint project of Families of September 11, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, and the Liberty Science Center.  The lessons, which can be found at http://www.911dayofservice.org/911-lesson-plans  represent only a small fraction of the full 4 Action Initiative curriculum.

In the nine years that Families of September 11 has existed, we have focused much of our resources and energy on the needs of children impacted by terrorism. Now, through our curriculum, our future leaders will learn about the difficult events of that day as well as the broader global context of terrorism.  The curriculum, titled Learning from the Challenges of Our Times, includes hundreds of lessons across seven units in multiple subject areas for children in grades K-12. It prompts students to use critical thinking to draw their own conclusions about peace and security issues in the world we live in today. To deliver this program to all who will benefit from it, we need your support. 

Many moments in our lives are remembered through pictures of loved ones, an old letter, or a shared story. Only a few times in recent history are events marked in our collective memory because it has impacted in some way all the people in our country. The terrorist attacks of September 11 can be added to a list that already includes such noted events as the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the assassination of JFK.

Yet, we are entering an era when nearly half of children in school were born after that horrible day.  The event which took my sister-in-law’s life is beyond the scope of memory for some.  Young Americans can only learn about that significant day and the important lessons to be understood from it from those of us who lived through it.  The horror and outrage we experienced on September 11, 2001 needn’t be shared by our children, but respect and appreciation for the events and actions of so many should always be understood and remembered.

The lesson plans were written by very dedicated New Jersey educators who volunteered their time and talents.  The lessons were piloted last year. Based on feedback and suggestions from the pilot schools, the lessons will be edited before we make them available on our web site. These last stages are crucial to putting the lessons in a finished form that will be accessible at no cost to teachers and school systems.  We also are exploring the best ways to prepare parents and teachers about the content of the curriculum and its potential effect on students.

I hope you agree with me about the importance of our children learning about and understanding how terrorism has evolved and ask you to join me by making a gift to Families of September 11 to support our efforts to bring these lessons to educators around the nation. We see this as a lasting and meaningful contribution that Families of September 11 can make.

Please visit our website at http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/donate.aspx, where you can make a tax-deductible contribution. Or if you prefer, you may send a check or money order to our offices at 1560 Broadway, Suite 711, New York, NY 10036. 

Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Yours truly,

Nancy Aronson
Board of Directors

PS  Your help is very important and appreciated.  Now that you're thinking about it, why not make your gift today!