Westfield teacher turns to 2001 students to teach current students about 9/11

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — A Westfield teacher turned to her former students from her 2001 classroom to teach her current students about 9/11.

It was a homecoming of sorts Friday as Westfield Intermediate teacher Mary Robison caught up with former students.

These were students that sat in her class on 9/11.

“We were all mostly uncertain about what’s next,” Robison said. “I just remember waiting through the day, just waiting to see if anything else was happening.”

15 years later, the educator tapped into those memories to help kids who are the same age, as her 2001 fifth grade class.

“I think on this momentous anniversary, it meant even more to bring the kids here who were ten and in my class that day to kind of reach across the decade to pull these kids in a little,” Robison said.

For an hour, the curious ten-year-olds fired questions. Some were wanting to hear memories.

“That’s the thing that stuck with me, is that there are bad and scary things that happen, but there are heroes everywhere,” former student Becca Baker said.

Others wanted to hear how their moms comforted them.

“She’s always been there for me, so I’m sure that she was definitely making sure that I was at ease that night after all the attacks were going on,” former student Wesley McKinney said.

And some even wanted to know if 9/11 shaped their careers.

“Since that day, I knew I was going to join the military,” former student Danny Gronde said. “There was no if, and, or but. It was my goal, it was my dream.

Those were words the social studies teacher knows will leave a greater impact than any text she writes on a bulletin board classroom.

“While it’s awful to have to teach about it, I think it’s our responsibility,” Robison said.

Robison said it’s important for parents to talk to their kids about 9/11. She said to watch appropriate videos and discuss it, because she said, there are some fifth graders who have no idea about the attacks until she teaches it.

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