Seniors of Seaford High School go on a Field Trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Jan. 7, 2016

On December 2, 2015 the senior class of Seaford High School went to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan. The English department organized this trip to culminate their study of the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer before the trip. This book has three different narrators. One of the narrators in the book is a fictional young boy named Oskar Schell who lost his father during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Ms. Schwartz, a member of the English department, went on the trip with the seniors. She feels that students do not know about 9/11 since they were so young when it happened. She believes that it gives the students a better perspective of that day and better understanding of the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The Seaford Community has a real connection because when 9/11 occurred we lost a few members of the Seaford Alumni. Also in front of the high school, there is a 9/11 memorial, the first to have a memorial on Long Island.

Kathleen Willig, a senior who went on the trip, felt that the trip was extremely powerful. She felt that by going on the trip it gave her a new perspective of what really happened that day. She believes that reading and hearing about the day 9/11 happened is not the same as visiting the site where it happened. Some parts of the museum really show you that these people weren’t just people, they were fathers, firefighters, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, etc.

Mr. McCormack, another member of the English department, also went on the trip with the seniors. He thought the trip was an overall success because it educated the students on one of the most impactful days in U.S. history. He was extremely pleased to see how respectful and how moved the students were with the exhibits at the museum. Also, he felt very encouraged by the conversations he had with students on the bus on the way home and in class the next day. He also felt like the students realized the somber tone of the day.

Sidney McLaughlin, another senior who went on the trip, felt like it was a good experience to go see the memorial and museum. She felt that it was extremely sad, but a good thing to go to because students can understand the loss other people may have felt. She also felt that going on this trip was a life changing experience.

Mr. Bersin, our school’s principal, also went on the trip. He feels that all Americans should try to visit the site at least once in their lives.

Going on this trip made many students feel somber for the time being and also more knowledgeable about 9/11 after seeing these things first hand.