Desert Vista teacher makes bowls to remind students of 9/11
Desert Vista Ceramics Teacher Mark Honaker had been coming to school early each day to make ceramic bowls that contain concrete from the World Trade Center.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, he created 200 bowls - a symbolic tribute to the more than 2000 first responders who lost their life on that day and those who have since perished, due to toxic-air-related issues they sustained during rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero.
Though the 200 bowls represent a fraction of the estimated 2,000 first responders who have so far died of those illnesses, Mr. Honaker hopes the bowls and a mural of photographs in his classroom will inspire students to reflect on their sacrifices.
In addition to the bowls, the makeshift memorial included photos, and District Staff Member Jennifer Liewer displayed items she saved from her deployment to the New York City in the days following 9/11 as a first responder for the American Red Cross.
Desert Vista staff and students visited Mr. Honaker’s room throughout the day to honor and remember the anniversary, as well as learn about the importance of giving back to one’s community.