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Giving Children a Voice and Venue After 9/11

By: Rus VanWestervelt
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 4
Date: September-October 2002

Summary: Inspired to capture moments and reflections that could be lost forever, VanWestervelt launched the 9/11 Project, which received over 200 student submissions for inclusion in the book September Eleven: Maryland Voices.



After September 11, it suddenly became important to me to find some way to capture such thoughts from Marylanders. I couldn't stand the thought of adults and children alike harboring their thoughts about the attacks, never getting the chance to let others know how they experienced this tragedy. I called some friends together, pitched my idea for an anthology of Maryland residents' reactions, and within an hour, the 9/11 Project was up and running, accepting submissions for publication.

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