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Discover lesson plans filled with rich multimedia resources to enrich learning for a wide range of subjects and age groups in the MY HERO Teachers' Room.

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Unique Teacher Resources to Commemorate the Tragic Events of Sept 11th, 2001

As we commemorate the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, it's essential to remember the heroism and resilience of individuals who faced unimaginable challenges during that fateful day. The MY HERO educational resource provides a unique perspective on 9/11. Among our rich collection of stories, lesson plans and multimedia content, MY HERO features two remarkable animated films, 'New York Sky,' directed by Vlash Droboniku, an Albanian film director and founder of Life on Frames Studio and 'Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone' produced by: Skip Blumberg.* Both films were MY HERO International Film Festival winners.

about a fire-fighter on September 11th 2011, annimation, film festival winner
NEW YORK SKY Directed by: Vlash Droboniku

'New York Sky': A Moving Animated Tribute

'New York Sky' utilizes a unique metamorphosed, hand-drawn animation technique to vividly depict the events of September 11th, 2001. Through the power of animation, viewers are taken on a journey back in time to experience the tragedy, bravery, and resilience that marked that historic day.

The film captures the commotion of the event in an 8 minute long episode centring on a wife as she searches for her beloved fire-fighter husband, offering a deeply personal perspective on the emotional toll the events of 9/11 had on countless families. It also portrays the reactions of the people of New York as they grappled with the unfolding crisis.

 Produced by Skip Blumberg, Events of September 11th 2001. Winning film
Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone, Produced by Skip Blumberg

'Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone': A Heartwarming Tale of Resilience

This short film recounts the remarkable journey of Jemma Brown, a 12-year-old girl living with her family in Tribeca, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. In the aftermath of the towers' collapse, Jemma embarked on a mission to bring a touch of normalcy to her community.

Jemma began baking and serving cookies to the brave rescue workers who were tirelessly working to clean up the devastation. Her words resonate deeply: "We're working to make our little town normal again... if we're ever gonna be normal." 'Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone' highlights the resilience and compassion of a young girl who, in the face of adversity, took it upon herself to make a difference and support those who needed it most.

Why MY HERO Matters

MY HERO is not just a repository of stories and films; it's a platform that celebrates the indomitable human spirit, particularly in the face of tragedy. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, heroes emerge, and ordinary individuals can perform extraordinary acts of kindness and bravery.

On this solemn anniversary of 9/11, MY HERO serves as a powerful resource for educators, students, and anyone interested in learning more about this pivotal moment in history. It provides a platform to remember, reflect, and honor the heroes who emerged that day.


Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources. Share the importance of honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and remembering the Heroes of 9/11 with your students through our curated lesson plan which includes a discussion guide and learning outcomes:

* Skip Blumberg is one of the original camcorder-for-broadcast producers. His independently produced TV programs and camcorder reports have appeared on PBS, Showtime, Disney Channel, National Geographic Explorer, The Learning Channel, Bravo and other networks and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of TV and Radio.


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