Tragedy surrounding 9-11 left a great deal to appreciate.
The 9-12 Generation Project is a national service-learning initiative designed to instill positive lessons of citizenship in middle school students nationwide.
A curriculum is being launched this week with the intention of reaching 1.5 million kids in a ten year period inspiring youth to 'pay it forward and engage in
volunteer service projects focused on disaster relief, community revitalization and the arts.'
The 9-12 Generation is a branch of the "New York Says Thank You" foundation.
A $50,000 grant from the Christina-Taylor Green memorial fund has allowed the 9-12 Generation to distribute free curriculum packages to public middle schools across the country.
Roxana and John Green partnered with the project in memory of their daughter Christina who was born on September 11, 2001, and died in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting that wounded Gabby Giffords.
(Tracey Vitchers, National Project Director of the 9-12 Generation Project) "They came back to us and said, 'What if we could do all the public middle schools in the state of Arizona, all the public middle schools in the five burrows of New York and one other public middle school in each of the 48 states. That way Christina could have a national impact right away.' We were floored. That's 520 schools that they donated the packages for, which is amazing."
The curriculum was launched in Arizona on Monday and New York on Tuesday.
40 schools have signed up for the free material and Vitchers says as the word gets out, they're hoping for more.