Service Learning Project – Pinwheels in Remembrance

Purpose of the Service Project

This service project was designed as a classroom project for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

Nearly 3,000 people (2,996 according to Wikipedia) died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.  Students can create a display to remember the victims with setting out Pinwheels on the lawn of the school or hang up in the hallway.

Who can do this Project?

This is a great project for students of any age. It can be adapted to fit the age of your students. Younger students can color pinwheels while upper grades can take more ownership for assembling them and displaying them at your school.

Supplies Needed for Appreciation Bags

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It might be difficult and expensive to make or purchase 3,000 Pinwheels. Instead, make a sign explaining what the display is for and say 1 Pinwheel = 10 victims for 300 Pinwheels or 1 Pinwheel = 50 victims for 60 Pinwheels.  You can decide based on the number of volunteers that can help and the number of Pinwheels you have available. (This makes a great math lesson!)

Color your Own PinWheel

After making the Pinwheels

Take the Pinwheels and place outside, sticking them in soft ground or lining the edge of a sidewalk. Place your banner in front of the Pinwheels so people who pass by can see what is being remembered and who is being honored.

Book to Read with Service Project

Purchase This Very Tree here

In the 1970s, nestled between the newly completed Twin Towers in New York City, a Callery pear tree was planted. Over the years, the tree provided shade for people looking for a place to rest and a home for birds, along with the first blooms of spring.

On September 11, 2001, everything changed. The tree’s home was destroyed, and it was buried under the rubble. But a month after tragedy struck, a shocking discovery was made at Ground Zero: the tree had survived.

Dubbed the “Survivor Tree,” it was moved to the Bronx to recover. And in the thoughtful care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Callery pear was nursed back to health. Almost a decade later, the Survivor Tree returned home and was planted in the 9/11 Memorial to provide beauty and comfort…and also hope.

This is the story of that tree―and of a nation in recovery. Told from the tree’s perspective, This Very Tree is a touching tribute to first responders, the resilience of America, and the restorative power of community.

Ways to Ask for Donations of Pinwheels

  • Create an Amazon Wishlist
  • Send home fliers to parents
  • Post your list on Social Media

Reflection Questions

These questions can help your students think about why they are doing this project.

  • What do you think it was like for someone on 9/11?
  • How do you think making these Pinwheels will help others learn about 9/11?
  • What are questions you have for someone who was living on September 11, 2001?
  • Why do you think we learn about events like 9/11 in history?
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