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Schools remember, honor 9/11

Posted: September 17, 2008 8:43 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The thousand of lost lives and heartbreak from the 9/11 tragedy are something students and teachers in the Santa Clarita Valley will always remember.

"I remember that morning I was driving from Chatsworth to Santa Clarita. I was a teacher at Arroyo Seco at the time. I heard it on the radio and I called home. I just had an overwhelming feeling about all this destruction, but I tried to be strong and not shed any tears," said Theresa Galo, a teacher at Golden Valley High School. "Being a teacher, I didn't want the devastation I was feeling to affect the kids. It was the hardest day that I ever taught. A lot of the students were scared."

This year Golden Valley High School sold gold stars for $1 on Sept. 11 in memory of the lives lost on that day. The students wrote their names on the stars and hung them all around the school.

Students collected donations and passed them on to an orphanage for the foster children of Sept. 11 who lost their parents.

"It was sad. Every time I think back to what happened, I think of death. I think that what happened should be talked about more in schools," says Kayla Possell, a student at Canyon High School.

Golden Valley English teacher Caren McDonald received a phone call from a friend on that fateful morning.
"I was sleeping and a friend of mine called me from New Mexico and she said ‘Are you watching the news? The world is falling apart.' When I turned on the television I saw the second plane crash into the Twin Towers," McDonald said. "I immediately started calling everybody I knew."

When John Chand found out what was happening seven years ago, he was devastated.

"I thought to myself, what kind of cruel, sick and twisted people would do something like this? Now, thinking back, I think about all the firefighters that died and all the innocent people that lost their lives." Chand said.

"I was scared, my parents were scared. My uncle was actually on a plane going to New York during the attack. He is fine though," said Sean Downs, a Canyon High School student.

"I think the U.S. should make a bigger deal out of Sept. 11 because it is the second time we got attacked since Pearl Harbor."

This event made a mark on every American's heart, and will never be forgotten. As much as some people want to forget and move on, the 2,976 people that lost their lives that day never had their chance and deserve to be remembered as heroes to their country.

Jothi Chand is a sophomore at Golden Valley High School.


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