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Students Visit Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Mobile Exhibit
On September 29 and 30, middle and high- schoolers had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 NEVER FORGET mobile exhibit stationed at Lake Isle Country Club.
Alan Benedict from the Foley Foundation and the Eastchester Rotary Club contacted the Eastchester Union Free School District over the summer to arrange for students to visit the exhibit.
"Despite hurdles such as COVID concerns and time and space constraints, we made it a priority to bring as many students as possible!" said Susan Chester, K-12 Supervisor of Humanities.
"It's easy for us to forget that our students don't have their own memories of 9/11 or the days, weeks, and months that followed," Chester adds. "Bringing students to exhibits like this one enables us to keep the memory of those lost alive for the next generation."
For those who may not know, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit in 2013. The 83-foot tractor-trailer, which transforms into a 1,100 square foot exhibit, serves as an interactive educational tool. It includes artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, and recordings of first responder radio transmissions.
Tours are primarily carried out by FDNY firefighters, some retired, who provide first-hand accounts of the day and its aftermath. On Thursday, however, Eastchester students got to meet Bill Pucket, a Texan who retired from his job driving the trailer because he was so inspired by the exhibit and the Tunnel to Towers Foundations' mission. According to others at the scene, Pucket put his nose to the grindstone to learn everything he needed to know. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation later hired him. From state to state, he is known as one of the best tour guides around.
When speaking about the 9/11 mobile exhibit and the work of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Pucket says he's grateful for the opportunity to give back in some small way. "It's these guys who are the real heroes," he added, pointing to a wall that displayed the names of the 343 firefighters who sacrificed their lives on 9/11.
With the help of the district office, middle and high school administrations, and teachers, over 500 Eastchester students were able to visit the exhibit.
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View a photo collage of artifacts from the mobile exhibit below.