September 11th: How We Remember
When 12 year old Shannon Yaskulka was given the assignment to create a structure for her 6th grade school science fair, she immediately decided to create the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in honor of her grandmother, Myrna Yaskulka, an employee of Fred Alger Management who perished on 9/11. Shannon replicated the Towers from newspapers and other recycled materials and wrote a brief narrative about the history of the World Trade Center. On July 15th Shannon visited our New Brunswick office along with her family to present the project.
During the discussion Shannon's family mentioned that the project was very therapeutic, as it gave them an opportunity to discuss fond memories of her Grandmother while recreating the towers. In addition to VOICES' staff, Shannon's father Jay and her sister Brianna were in attendance, as well as Mr. Victor Guarnera, who was the Chief Technical Advisor for Security Systems to the World Trade Department at the time of the attacks. Shannon received a score of 100% from her school for her efforts, and her creation is now proudly on display as part of our ongoing September 11th exhibit. Our congratulations and thanks to Shannon for her generosity!
All are invited to visit our New Brunswick office to see Shannon's design along with many other beautiful pieces of artwork, quilts, and 9/11 Living Memorial displays that have been created to commemorate the lives lost and the stories of survivors. The New Brunswick office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.