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Local Students Plant Survivor Tree
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A tree that survived the 9/11 attack in New York inspired some local high school students to plant their own "Survivor Tree." Now it will grow and thrive in a small park across the street from the school.
When it came to 9/11, some of those on the scene beat the odds to survive unbelievable tragedy.
Magic Valley High School student Dakota Hurth says, "The survivor tree, they planted it at the 9/11 Memorial site, and it came back, like the country has come back. We're thriving and we're here."
Hope and healing, in the aftermath of manmade disaster. That's what students like Dakota Hurth from Magic Valley High School are celebrating. They planted this "Survivor Tree" at nearby Mary Alice Park, where it will both survive and thrive. It's a solemn reminder for these kids to understand what happened back on 9/11.
Teacher Jennifer Miller from Magic Valley High School says, "I think that is so important to remember and to help those that were too young to remember what happened. It changed America and we need to keep that feeling of community and unity so that we aren't divided against ourselves, that we can stand strong."
Rock Creek Growers donated the tree, and Art Hoag donated the space to plant it in Mary Alice Park. For students like Hurth, it's a way to give back. The blue spruce tree the students planted could live up to 200 years or more.
Hurth says, "The trees are to remember everything that has transpired since 9/11, and to remember those who died and were lost in the towers, to Iraq, the Middle East."
Those are all other historic events we all need to remember, as well.
September 18, 2013.