COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 15

September 5, 2006

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

The Fifth Commemoration of the Attacks of September 11, 2001

 

As we approach the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I want to draw your attention to Children of September 11 (COS11), a nonprofit subsidiary of Families of September 11 (FOS11) that is dedicated to providing information to assist children in the aftermath of public tragedies. This year, Children of September 11 is joined by the newly established National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) to provide trauma-related and bereavement information and support services within school settings.

Memorial and commemorative events, such as the five-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, give children an opportunity to express and cope with difficult feelings, to realize that they are not alone in having fears and concerns, and to draw on the support of a caring community. Events that would otherwise be difficult to deal with alone become more tolerable because of the support provided by peers and adults.

 

Please visit the COS11 Web site at www.childrenofseptember11.com for additional information. If you have further questions, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history, social sciences and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

 

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