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Wheaton Commemorates 9/11 in a Different Way

Staff, students work to make 9/11 a more positive date with help of widow.

While many of us remember the events of 9/11 like they were yesterday, it may have felt like a bad dream for younger generations. Either way, the date of Sept. 11 holds grave connotations. 

 On Friday, Sept. 9 at , Cindy McGinty, whose husband was killed while attending a meeting in the World Trade Center that day, will discuss how she’s been working to transform the focus of Sept. 11 from a national day of mourning to one of community building through service. She will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard outside of Watson Fine Arts during the college’s 9/11 Service of Remembrance.

 According to the Wheaton College website, McGinty, along with Wheaton students and staff, will work with 12 agencies, including five area Head Start facilities, Special Olympics, the Literacy Center/Attleboro Public Library, the ARC of Northern Bristol County and Crystal Spring Earth Learning Center. Partners in Norton include the , Habitat for Humanity, Parks and Recreation, Land Preservation Society, and the Park.

 The Wheaton Women's Basketball team will also hold a clinic for area youth, and Wheaton faculty and staff will participate in a food drive for Cupboard of Kindness.

 At the end of the remembrance, food donations will be collected and volunteers will travel by bus to community service projects. All are welcome to join.

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