Distributing letters of thanks

JC teacher distributes student-written letters to first responders
Posted on 09/16/2019
Middle school teacher Brandi Scott

Last weekend, middle school Family 7 Consumer Science teacher Brandi Scott traveled to New York City with her husband to distribute letters of thanks written by her students to first responders in honor of 9/11.

She states “My husband and I spent Saturday in NYC. We started on Vessey Street and the sight of the World Trade Center Memorial. I randomly went up to individual first responders, police and firefighters and explained what we did in class and the purpose of the envelope they were receiving. I had close to 40 individual envelopes with a note from myself, explaining the project and one of the notes from our students. From the WTC Memorial, I went to Ladder 10. This fire station is across the street from the WTC and would have been the very first to respond. They actually allowed me to come into the station, which was an unexpected honor. After leaving Ladder 10, we made our way up to 42nd Street, through Times Square, and to the Midtown Precinct on 9th and 35th. By the last stop I had given out every single letter.

When I approached responders, their initial reaction was that I was probably going to ask a question or ask for directions, but after I began explaining what I was doing, there was a genuine happiness and gratitude from every single person I encountered. Many asked me questions and had very sincere conversations with me. They were extremely humbled and some even got emotional. In many ways, it felt like maybe they thought people were forgetting about 9/11, as they were completely surprised. After 11 miles of walking the streets, my husband and I were both exhausted, but I do not regret this project for a second.”

Thanks to Mrs. Scott, her husband, and her class for taking on such a meaningful project.


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