Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at www.foractioninitiative.org.

November 16, 2006

Dear FOS11 Member,

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) opened its doors in the spring of 2006 under the directorship of FOS11 Advisory Board member David Schonfeld, MD, Director.  One of the goals of this organization is to provide information and assistance to schools on how to better deal with children who have suffered through trauma and/or loss in their lives.  Children of September 11 works closely with the NCSCB in all its efforts so that children who have been affected by events such as 9/11 have the support they need as they grow and develop in the shadow of the difficulties or crises of their past.

In an effort to gather as much information as possible as to how schools can better support their students, the NCSCB is reaching out to families who have had experiences with trauma and loss.  They have developed a short survey for families to complete which addresses how effective (or ineffective) your school was dealing with the emotional impact of trauma, ours being 9/11.

Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey.  Although it remains a very new organization, the NCSCB has the potential to effect real change for the better for our children.  They are already recognized on a national level and were invited to present at the White House conference on school violence held in October.   They can turn our information and experiences into efforts which will create a better, more understanding  environment for our children in school.

The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=30862557807.

To learn more about NCSCB visit our website at http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/s/school-crisis/.

Thank you for your help in this effort.

Sincerely,

MaryEllen Salamone
FOS11 Advisory Board Member and COS11 Founder