WESTPORT, CT (WCBS 880) – Teaching 5th graders about the 9/11 terror strike takes the creativity of a teacher like Brian Howard.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

His class of 53 10-year-olds weren’t born when 9/11 happened.

He says these kids had a hard time understanding the enormous toll – 3,000 deaths.

“It may not seem like a large number until you have to write it, and so our students wrote every single victim’s name down on a piece of construction paper and we linked them all together and made a chain that is long enough to wrap around the outside of the outside of our building of our school,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

“I would sometimes cry because it’s very sad how people just died, innocent people, and some people just had a whole life ahead of them,” said 10-year-old Ashley Vilisantos.

One terrific gesture made by the kids was raising money to buy long stemmed white roses – one each handed to every surviving family member at a memorial service at the state’s 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport Thursday night.

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