The tragedy that happened on September 11th inspired our school to do something about it. I, like others, was sad about what happened that day.

My assignment for this project was to find how people in my school felt when we made a flag of hands. I interviewed 8 people including Ms. Huckabee.

Ms. Huckabee’s responses were " I really wanted to do something. I was thinking about the song "Hands Across America" from when I was young. I brought my idea for the flag to the principals. They were very supportive. In a matter of two days we had thousands of hands from all of the children and teachers in the school. (The upper grade students made six handprints each.) When it was done, I felt so great. It felt like music should be playing in the background."


The questions I asked the students were:

What does the American flag mean to you?

How did you feel about creating the flag (that’s in the lobby) after 9/11?

Why do you think we, as a school, did this project?

Would you like the flag to stay here or be donated?

If you’d like it to be donated, where would you like it to go?

I asked the teachers too. The questions I asked were:

What was your part in making the flag?

How did it make you feel?



AQ from Class 4-324 said, " I felt really good when we created the flag because it helps people feel safe and confident that it is going to be okay. I think we as a school did this project because kids might feel sad, and the flag might make them feel happy. I think the flag should be donated to where the World Trade Center once stood to show our appreciation."

VV from Class 4-201 said, " I felt proud and happy while I was helping to create the flag. I think we as a school did this project to show how much we care. I think the flag should be donated to the firefighters."

 

CJ from Class 5-327 said, Tthe flag means peace and love to me. I think our school did this because we cared. I think it should be donated to Afghanistan."

JC from Class 3-314 said, " While helping to create the flag I felt happy. I think we as a school did this because we wanted to show that we are united. I think the flag should stay here."

TS from Class 6-322 said, " I felt really good while helping to create the flag. I think we as a school did this so that we can show that we have to stand together as one. I think the flag should stay."

ES from Class 5-330 said, " When I was helping to create the flag I felt happy. I think our school did this project to remember the people who died. I think the flag should stay."

Ms. Chin’s response to my questions were, " I participated in making the flag by painting. The flag was made from cut out hands made up of construction paper. We collected them and made it into a flag. This made me feel proud that we were working together to fight terrorism."

 

Ms.Hannah’s responses were " My part of the flag was that, I helped glue the blue hands and the white stars to the paper. I felt good inside that I was helping the school."

Eleven teachers spent three hours of their time putting together the flag of hands. They used the stage as a place to work. It came out real nice. UNITED WE STAND!!!!

"Flag of Hands" By:Matilde