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Middle School Students Honor 9/11 With a Day of Service

Students assist teachers with various tasks on a day of giving back to another school.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On the second floor of Hyde Elementary, in Ms. Stroud's third grade math class, London Loveless, an eighth grader at Bode Middle School, is helping a girl and a boy with their multiplication tables.

They're doing the fives and the twos. And they're not getting them all correct.

Yet.

"I'm just going around making sure they're comfortable doing them, and if they need help, I'm assisting them any way I can," Loveless said.

Her brief tutoring session comes as part of Bode's now annual Day of Service.

They do the day as a remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Bode seventh and eighth graders visit elementary schools all over town and assist teachers with whatever needs to be done.

"My students are probably going to do anything from helping with the janitorial staff, to sorting supplies for teachers, to doing math or reading, doing classroom work teachers need," said social studies teacher Rita Hubbard, who has taken her group to Hyde.

Hubbard admits her students don't remember 9/11.

"It's getting to the point where they were babies when it happened," she said.  "So they don't have that personal remembrance of what happened.  We did spend some time talking about the facts of what happened.  They don't know it."

Loveless says the message in class resonated with her.

"We watched a video of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, and the Flight 93, and the one crashing against the Pentagon.  They're just making sure we understand how serious of a deal this is," she said.

Their teachers also want to instill a since of community service in the children participating the Day of Service.

"I think it's important for the kids to learn this type of activity and why it's important," Hubbard said.  "It's also a requirement for their high school education, doing a certain amount of community service.  It's good to expose them to what that might look like before they get there."

London says it doesn't even feel like work.  She loves working with kids.

She and her classmates visited eleven elementary schools during their Day of Service.
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