Life Lessons from 9/11
On September 11, 2001, 4 year-old
Brook Peters was attending his second day of kindergarten a few blocks
from the World Trade Center in New York City when two planes struck the
At age 11, Brook decided to make a film about that
fateful day and its aftermath to give his fellow students and teachers
at Ground Zero area schools a chance to share with the world their
experiences. The Second Day
is his touching and inspirational
documentary, completed when he was 14. The film provides a unique and
hopeful perspective on 9/11 through the eyes of young people and
educators who lived through it.
Brook’s life, like that of so
many others, was shaped by what he saw and felt on September 11. As his
mother raced from Ground Zero with Brook on her shoulder, he watched as
one of the Towers fell. Brook also lost a number of firefighter friends
that day who he grew up around.
In the film, classmates,
teachers, counselors and firefighters reflect back on what they
personally saw and felt on 9/11, how they coped in the days that
followed, and what they learned from the experience.
later, they found there were a number of positive lessons to share:
people posses an inner strength and resilience that can overcome
tragedies and hard times; in times of need people help and support each
other in unexpected ways; and by connecting with others, we need not
live our lives in fear and terror.
Visit The Second Day website for more information and classroom guides: