I remember teaching at PS 94 in Little Neck, Queens. When we started to hear about the Twin Towers, the staff was confused, shocked and then horrified.
We dragged a TV out into the auditorium to watch and checked in with the office. There were tears and hugs … but in front of our students we were calm and carried on. We could not yet let them know about what was going on.
Many of their parents worked downtown. The school went on lockdown and the police stayed. As parents came in — some dusty and shocked from their travels away from downtown — they were helped to clean up, given water and reunited with their children.
I called to check on my three children between classes and on my husband, who worked at LaGuardia Airport. We all stayed late in the afternoon until every child was picked up and safely sent home. My 15-minute drive home took four hours.
I am proud of all the teachers and staff across the boroughs who sprang into action that day to care for their students.Jeri Boylan Strohschein, retired (via Facebook)