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Monuments are being built, large and small, all over the country, to memorialize the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Judy Sorels eighth- and ninth-graders just finished their monument.
Two classes worked on it, said Sorels, art teacher for Fairview Junior High. A total of 52 students. Were still glazing tiles, she said in an interview last week.
The monument, now finished, is a full-sized American Flag made of ceramic tiles each about the size of a persons hand. Most tiles have little messages on them to commemorate the event.
Students plan to hang the flag, mounted on a large, framed piece of wood, in the hallway of the school.
Weve told the kids how people ran into the buildings to help others with no thought to their own safety, said Sorels.
Ironically, some of the tiles came out of the kiln charred.
At first, I thought wed better throw them out and make new ones, said the art teacher. But then, I thought, being charred was quite appropriate ... so we left them in. In art, things happen accidently that are often very appropriate.
Second-period and fourth-period eighth- and ninth-graders worked on the project. Sorels teaches art to all grades at the school, 7-9.
The flag has been dressed up with ceramic overlays of one big star depicting the Twin Towers of the Trade Center in New York; a smaller, five-pointed star representing the Pentagon, which was seriously damaged in the attack; and an another star representing The Heartland of America, she said.
It took a lot of Liquid Nails and caulking compound to affix tiles to the board, she said. The creation ended up very heavy. Itll be a challenge to mount it on the wall, she said.
Annie park, 15, ninth-grader, said I did the first tile in the corner the blue one in the top row. She inscribed her tile with the United States motto, In God We Trust.
Kerina Weinbach, 15, eighth-grade, said I put the word courage on my tile. I wanted people to remember to go and help others, no matter what.
Sorels has been a teacher for five years. She was born in Missouri and raised in Illinois. She moved here when her husband landed a job at Keyport. The couple has two children, a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.