Northwest NEWS

December 9, 2002


Students create flag to commemorate Sept. 11
by Karen Waddington
Contributing Writer

CARNATION-Tracy Schultz's eighth grade art class at Tolt Middle School was full of emotion on September 12, 2001, a day after the World Trade Center attacks.
In a conversation with Ms. Schultz, the class decided to do something to express their grief over the tragedies.
One of the students came to class the next day with an idea to create individual art pieces and put them all together to create the American flag. Twenty-seven students and Ms. Schultz all participated.
The project was completed in the spring of 2002 but was not unveiled and put on display at Tolt Middle School until September 11, 2002, the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The flag is still on display in the hall outside the classroom.
When they were creating the individual pieces, Ms. Schultz told the students to consider what we all have to celebrate and look forward to, and to use their art to make a positive statement.ÊÊ
After a moment of silence at Tolt Middle School on September 11, 2002, students were asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Many students stopped in front of this flag, recited the pledge, saluted or just stopped to reflect and remember. Schultz believes that the statement the students were trying to makeÊcame across loud and clear.