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Wausau school officials work to teach students about September 11th attacks

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Wausau Montessori students get a lesson in fire truck cleaning at Wausau Fire Department, September 11 2013
Wausau Montessori students get a lesson in fire truck cleaning at Wausau Fire Department, September 11 2013

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - As a group of students from Wausau Montessori spent the day learning about being a firefighter, teachers say they're working on how to talk to kids about the September 11th attacks 12 years ago.

Wausau Montessori principal Michael Wirdt says the lesson is rolled into the civics training that students get. "We really try to instill the desire to be a good citizen and to give back to our cities and our communities." The hard part is that none of the students in the school have any direct knowledge of what the attacks were or why they affected people so much. "To try to put it into context can be challenging, so we talk about it, we discuss it. We talk about our own experiences and reactions as well to try to get a deeper understanding of what happened that day."

The students spent September 11th working at the fire department, and Wirdt says that can help them learn more about public service and being a part of the community. "We focus more on the efforts of our firefighters, our police officers and focus on how important they are to us."

Most of all, Wirdt says students need to learn most about how to better help each other through service. "I think it's really just about remembering the services the local community provides for us and our protection."

The students spent National Service Day volunteering at the fire department.

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