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What did you learn one September?

September 11, 2011

For many in Generation Y, the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded while sitting at school desks.  Teachers were the first responders, charged with delivering age-appropriate news to upturned faces of children while simultaneously attempting to make sense of what was going on from terse announcements and television snippets.

Even President George W. Bush, was interrupted with the news while reading to students in a classroom at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

The generation that grew up quickly at school one Tuesday morning in September is now to poised to add its voice to a post- 9/11 America. dirtcakes went looking for an emerging writer to explore, in a thoughtful and quiet way, the role that writing plays in capturing a sense of time, place, and perspective of major historical events.

When the dust settles, when the initial raucous reaction fades, how will we remember and make sense of our world?

For a special “School Me” post publication feature, please check back with us on September 13 to read Jenny Lower’s response to “What did you learn one September?”

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