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School children learn about 9/11 attacks

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BATON ROUGE - Today, a class full of third graders in Baton Rouge heard about what happened in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania 12 years ago.

Their textbooks don't have any lessons about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but teachers helped educate the kids using videos and the internet.

One of those teachers at the Mayfair Laboratory School, Amanda Austin, said it was her own high school teacher who helped her try to understand just what was happening during the attacks.

"We were all shocked. We were nervous and scared, but our teacher was there," she said, "and she definitely helped to kind of soothe us and help us to understand that the U.S. is going to come and try to find who did this to us."

Today, Austin and other teachers also focused on the rescue workers who responded to the towers after the attacks. Kids took time to thank members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department who work near the school, presenting them with a banner signed by the entire school.

"That was really good because we need to help our community," said third grader Tray Alston. "The school is really new so we want everybody from the community to come together and help the firefighters."

"It's good to know that the communities we serve respect and honor what we do on a daily basis," said firefighter Thomas Chandler.

"People need to remember this day and remember these people that saved a lot of people's lives in those towers... trying to get them out and get them to their familes," said third grader Dakota Corliss.



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