9/12 turning tragedy into hope

Courtesy: Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation
Courtesy: Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As we observe the Sept. 11 tragedy tomorrow, a local tragedy also comes to mind. The death of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, killed in a mass shooting last Jan. 8.

To mark this observance the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation is making it possible for teachers throughout the country to teach children about turning tragedies into hope.

It's one of the toughest lessons for any teacher or parent to teach, how to turn tragedy into triumph. Now thanks to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial foundation every classroom in Arizona, New York, and many others throughout the country will be able to teach that tough lesson.

September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in American history.

"It was a bad day, it was sad," said Dakota Smith, a Cross Middle School student.

But in the film "New York Says Thank You," the director wants American Youth to look forward to September 12, the day America came together.

"9/12 was the day when the entire world went to New York, stayed there to clear up the pile," Film Director Scott Rettburg said.

That's the big lesson Rettburg hopes every child here in Arizona will get out of his movie-- a mass national tragedy that hits home for us here in Tucson.

The day of the mass shooting, on Jan. 8, 2011 was when Christina-Taylor Green died. The day Tucson came together.

"Tomorrow is Christina's birthday. It's 9/11," said John Green, Christina-Taylor's dad.

"She thought of that as a very special day.. a day to do good in the world," said Rettburg.

"We're never going to be the same without Christina, tragedy will remind us but it also reminds us that with bad things there are still a lot of good people out there," John Green said.

A lesson this movie will hopefully teach every child in every classroom here in Arizona.

"I thought it's pretty amazing. One thing happens and everyone wants to make a real big difference," Dakota Smith said.

The $99 dollar movie kit that will be given to classrooms also contains a curriculum guide teachers can follow when discussing the sensitive topics covered in the movie.

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