President George W. Bush Address Students at Emma E. Booker Elementary

September 11, 2001 was certainly an emotional roller-coaster for staff, students, and Emma E. Booker school community......as well as for the entire nation. We were excited about the upcoming President's visit to our school. His visit was to announce to the nation a new reading initiative. How soon the day's agenda took an abrupt turn in focus.

Here is what President Bush said at Emma E. Booker Elementary:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a difficult moment for America. I, unfortunately, will be going back to Washington after my remarks. Secretary (of education) Rod Paige and the lieutenant governor will take the podium and discuss education. I do want to thank the folks here at Booker Elementary School for their hospitality.

Today, we have had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. I have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of New York and to the director of the FBI, and I've ordered the full resources of the federal government to help the victims and their families and to find those folks who committed this act.

Terrorism against our nation will not stand. And now, if you'll join me in a moment of silence.

(pause)

May God bless the victims, their families and America. Thank you very much.

  President Bush's Letter

  President Bush's Second Letter


Thoughts From Students and Staff

 Carol Long

 Cheryl Thomas

 Derek Jenkins

 Kathy Williams

 Laura Wunderlin

 Lee Martello

 Leadership Team (Students)

 Mary Finegold

 Brooke Schulte

 Schulte Student

 Valerie Dorr


Student Letter One

Student Letter Two