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Walnut Valley Staff Members Share 9/11 Reflections

A Day of Remembrance.  A Day of Thanks.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Walnut Valley staff members share their thoughts and remembrances from the nation’s tragedy in 2001:

Shortly after 9/11 occurred, the names of the deceased were published in the newspaper.  Each staff member were given 2 names, which I taped to my white board.  Each time I saw their names, I would remember them, their loved one, and say a little prayer.  I often wonder how their families are doing 10 years later.  They will forever be in my heart.

Jan Aieta, 7th grade language arts/social science teacher
Suzanne Middle School

My remembrance of September 11th 2001 must be the same as the American citizens felt about December 7th, 1941.  A complete tragic day that changed America forever hoping to never repeat such a tragedy.

Scott Cassells, grade level coordinator
Walnut High School

My dad was retiring in December of 2011 from the Marine Corps (after 30+ years of service), but 9/11 happened and he was sent to Iraq one more time at the age of 50.  It was heart-wrenching on so many levels.

Kellee Lyons, English teacher
Walnut High School


We didn't fall apart, as was hoped. We fell into each other’s embrace.  

Laura O’Donnell, 2nd grade teacher
Collegewood Elementary School