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New Canaan students to present 9/11 research on response

Published 11:48 am, Friday, August 17, 2012
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The research by three New Canaan High School students into Fairfield County residents' responses after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will be presented at a symposium sponsored by Voices of September 11th at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at New Canaan Library.

Annie Fox and Jessica Karl, who will be seniors, and Elizabeth Kilbride, who graduated from NCHS and enters college in the fall, will discuss their findings regarding religious and emergency personnel and interviews with Jewish and Christian leaders, as well as first responders who answered the calls for assistance in Lower Manhattan.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The work done by the interns will be featured as part of the New Canaan High School 9/11 Symposium, which is being conducted for the second year. NCHS History Department Chairman Richard Webb led the effort in collaboration with the Voices staff. The assembly is designed to educate students about the events of 9/11. In the past, it has included a panel of experts on 9/11 and foreign policy, as well as student films and performances by the high school band and choir.

The Young Women's League of New Canaan and the New Canaan Community Foundation have sponsored the New Canaan High School interns and their work. Their research will demonstrate the effect 9/11 continues to have on the community and will be included in VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial project, an online digital archive that commemorates the almost 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, and tells the personal stories of victims, survivors and rescue workers.

Voices of September 11th was co-founded in 2001 by 9/11 family members, Mary Fetchet and Beverly Eckert, to provide information and support services to those affected by the attacks on 9/11. Voices continues to provide a wide range of programs that promote resiliency for thousands of 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors living in the United States and abroad, commemorates the lives lost, advocates for reforms to make the country safer and shares lessons learned to assist others responding to traumatic events.