Boatlift- An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

Today was a difficult day.  It caught me by surprise.

We watched a few clips from the History channel, and I answered their questions.  Well, I tried to answer their questions.

I still have questions.

It really hit me hard this year.  I think because to this year's group, it was something that happened a long time ago.  A long time ago...

Before they were born.

And for me, it was yesterday and the memories are still raw.

I teared up when I tried to explain the events of 9/11 to them.  Just like them, I find it unbelievable and heart wrenching, still.  I could not explain to them why people would hate so much, that they would do something like that to other people.

I came home and saw this video, Boatlift- An Untold Tale of 9/11Resilience.

My brother shared this video link on Facebook.  I cried some more.  I wish I had seen this sooner.

Tomorrow, we are going to watch this little video and talk about the amazing things that regular people did that day to help total strangers.

Thought someone else out there might want to do the same with their students.


  1. Hi Susan,

    I agree that it's just completely odd to have students who were not even born or just babies/toddlers when 9/11 occurred. It truly does still seem "raw" as you put it. Thanks for the recommendation on the video clip! Hope your school year is off to a great start.


  2. Wow, what an amazing video. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Great video! As a social studies teacher, I was in charge of the school assembly on 9/11/11 in honor of the ten year anniversary. We showed this video to our students. Very powerful for our teenagers to see. Thanks for reminding us to use our students' questions as a springboard for important discussions.

    -Mrs. K

  4. I was actually surprised that none of the teachers on my team mentioned 9/11 at all to our students yesterday because I've always taken the time to share my story and read articles about it with my kiddos. I know they weren't born yet when it happened, but I feel like this is a day that shouldn't be ignored. Thank you for sharing this powerful video!