Never forgetting Sept. 11


BIDWELL — River Valley High School history students joined together Monday afternoon on the lawn in front of the school by the flag to remember the heroes and victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to RVHS Sophomore History Teacher Brea McClung, the teaching of the Sept. 11 attacks had just recently become part of the state curriculum standard for history classes within the last few years. Her classes in 2015 first started honoring Americans effected by the attacks. Students went out in the school yard and placed flowers, with the deceased’s names in the ground and then read stories about their lives or spoke poetry to memorialize the fallen. Shoes are placed to represent the experience of walking in another American’s life. Students studied a chosen individual personally touched by Sept. 11 and detailed where the individual was and how they died.

Madison Harrison, RVHS junior, who had also taken McClung’s class previously had also shared the same experience remembering Sept. 11 as her fellow students. She took it a step further though by reaching out to the family of her chosen individual to honor.

“His name was Ethan Zeplin,” said Harrison of the person she contacted. “His father was Marc Zeplin who was a business man in the north Twin Towers for business purposes. Of course, it fell and he’s no longer here. It was something that not many get to do, to talk to people who knew or was related to someone (effected by Sept. 11). It was an experience.”

Harrison shared that her father had previously served in Iraq as a US Army veteran.

“That was scary for me, but my father came home,” said Harrison. “(Harrison’s father) made it. (Marc Zeplin) didn’t plan on what happened. He went to the Twin Towers for business. For Ethan, he was about five (when the attacks happened) and to know that your father is not coming home… I’m an emotional person and that touched me because he had to grow up without a dad.”

Harrison said she originally reached out to Ethan through Facebook and she messaged him and told him about the class project.

“I just wanted to let him know that (his father) was still being remembered even all the way in Ohio,” said Harrison. “He said it meant a lot to know that random strangers he didn’t even know were still remembering his father.”

Harrison said she was around eight months old during the attacks in 2001. She said she still exchanges the occasional message with the Zeplin family as well as pictures from the memorials done at RVHS.

McClung said many of her students could barely remember the attacks and that it was important to share not only the history and numbers of the event, but also the personalities, the feelings and circumstances of the time.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

.neFileBlock {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}
.neFileBlock p {
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
}
.neFileBlock .neFile {
border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa;
padding-bottom: 5px;
padding-top: 10px;
}
.neFileBlock .neCaption {
font-size: 85%;
}

River Valley High School history classes remembered the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 Monday by reading research about who the individuals were, where they were when they passed and more.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_DSC_0536-1.jpgRiver Valley High School history classes remembered the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 Monday by reading research about who the individuals were, where they were when they passed and more. Dean Wright | Daily Tribune
Students study the human toll

By Dean Wright

deanwright@aimmediamidwest.com

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU


2:50 pm |    
Warrant sweep gathers 7
10:33 pm
Updated: 12:15 am. |    
Husted visits Gallia County