Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with a New Virtual Field Trip hosted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager from 9/11 Day and Discovery Education


Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, September 2, 2021) – To honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Discovery Education and the 9/11 Day nonprofit invite students to join the engaging new 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds virtual field trip (VFT). Premiering September 7th at 1 PM ET, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds VFT shows students how good deeds can honor the past and build a brighter tomorrow. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Developed for students born after September 11, 2001, this experience highlights ways people in the United States came together during and after the terrorist attacks. During this event, students will meet Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of NBC’s Today with Hoda & Jenna, in a town-hall-style session at the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Students will hear from their peers about the power of good deeds, as well as from other leaders. These leaders include Jay Winuk, a 9/11 family member of a first responder and co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”); Terri Tobin, the Chief of Interagency Operations for the New York City Police Department, who was injured in the line of duty on 9/11 and is also a 9/11 family member; and Hillary O’Neill, a college student who was born on September 11, 2001.

To learn more about this powerful event and to register, visit the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds homepage here.

The 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds VFT builds upon 9/11 Day, a national observance that is now the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement and is one of only two days of service recognized under federal law. This year, the nonprofit hopes to inspire citizens everywhere to collectively perform millions of good deeds in honor of those who perished, were injured, and rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks. The partnership with Discovery Education adds a new and exciting dimension to the education resources currently available to teachers and students at www.911day.org

“Students know and understand the power of collaboration,” said Jay Winuk co-founder & executive vice president of 9/11 Day. “From collaborating in school projects to connecting through virtual classes, togetherness is a defining factor of learning. We’re pleased to work with Discovery Education to help inspire a spirit of collaboration by discovering the compassion and unity that arose out of the tragic events of 9/11.” Winuk’s brother, Glenn Winuk, was an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty when the World Trade Center South Tower collapsed.

Accompanying digital materials created by Discovery Education’s expert curriculum and content designers help educators integrate the virtual experience into any lesson plan. Included in the resources is a collaborative activity encouraging civic engagement and self-reflection that demonstrates for students how to map out good deed goals. The partnership is also adding to the 9/11 Day collection of lesson plans that help students unlock the power a good deed can have to shape a better tomorrow.

20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds is part of a new series of virtual field trips welcoming students back to school. Every month, Discovery Education adds hundreds of new resources—from ready-to-use activities to immersive videos and Virtual Field Trips to podcasts and curated channels found in its recently enhanced K-12 platform. Each resource is culturally authentic, reflects the diversity of today’s world, and includes embedded supports, such as closed captioning, text-to-speech, and language translations. Discover resources for all grade levels at www.discoveryeducation.com.

“I can think of no better way to learn about and honor those affected by 9/11 than by focusing on the value of good deeds and diversity,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “We are proud to work with 9/11 Day to present this engaging virtual field trip to students across the United States.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Discovery Education 
Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading EdTech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at  www.discoveryeducation.com

About 9/11 Day
9/11 Day is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that originated and annually organizes the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Since 2002, the organization has called for worldwide unity and works to rekindle the extraordinary spirit of togetherness and compassion shown in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to honor those lost and injured and those who rose in service. For more information about 9/11 Day and getting involved, visit www.911day.org.    

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