"Did it make you afraid this year, or were you more afraid last year?" says teacher Wendy Burliss. The September 11th terrorist attacks presented an immediate challenge for teachers like Wendy. A year later, a life lesson is now a curriculum of its own.
In today's classroom, Lubbock teachers focus on what can be gained from such a tragedy, like the importance of role models, honoring our heroes, and celebrating our freedom. "We can do what we want, we can play," says third grader J.D. Galaviz.
Last year, this is how students expressed their feelings and emotions. "Just these two letters, this is what that child was trying to say. I didn't want those people to die, and this kid was just a kindergartner, so they use a lot of pictures," says Arnett Elementary Principal Adkins.
Today, disturbing pictures turn to thoughtful words. "All those people died, and kids like us lost their parents. It makes me sad. If I lost my parents, I would be sad," says Galaviz.
"How they fight for us. I'm going to tell my children that. How they fought and everyone that fought for us. We're singing the pledge to them, so they can go to heaven," says student Chris Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, September 11th will continue to be studied, more than a lesson in history, but a lesson in life. The National Education Association says there are ways to help kids cope with the tragedy: