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EI Academy students learn about the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

EI Academy students learn about the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Middle school students at Education Imagine Academy heard stories from two of their teachers about their experiences during September 11, 2001, to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

Math teacher LaKeshia Brooks was in the Air Force and stationed at Andrews Air Force Base twenty years ago. She was an EMT and trained to handle situations in mass casualty and rescue recovery.  She told the students that after the first tower was hit, she knew she would be needed in some capacity, even before they knew about the other planes being hijacked.  They were also on alert because Andrews AFB is the home of Air Force One, the President’s plane.

She said that after the Pentagon was hit, many patients were transferred to Andrews, where she and many others helped administer treatment.

“That day terrible things happened, but we should remember how we came together as a nation after that,” she said.

Social studies teacher Andrew Curtis was in high school on that day and watched the attacks happen live on TVs in his classrooms.

“When we saw photos of people, it didn’t matter what they looked like or what religion they were. All that mattered was these were human beings who needed help,” Curtis said.  “After that day, every American had the attitude that we’re going to rise above this and be stronger than we were before.”

Both Brooks and Curtis asked their students to talk with their families about what they remembered about that day.

“On this 20th anniversary, you don’t want people to forget. Our students weren’t born then, so I want them to talk to their families and to ask them to share their memories and feelings. A lot of people lost their lives that day for things that America stands for,” Brooks said.