DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Many people can recall what they were doing on 9-11 fifteen years ago.
But there are many kids today who were not even alive then.
An art teacher at Alice Coachman Elementary school has vivid memories of the planes crashing into the twin towers in New York.
She thinks it is important for even the youngest generations to understand the events and the heroes who saved lives.
"All of a sudden the intercom came on, teachers lock your doors, lock down and turn on the news," said Taneisha Whatley.
Whatley was a student at Dougherty High School when the twin towers were attacked in 2001.
"They turned the news on and the moment they turned the news on the second plane crashed," said Whatley.
She had lived in New York as a kid, so this hit home.
She didn't know what was happening but she recognized the buildings she had seen many times.
"Teachers were crying. It was very traumatic and I was like oh my god. It just seemed unreal," said Whatley.
Now Whatley is an art teacher at Alice Coachman elementary.
On Friday she taught her fourth and fifth grade students about what happened.
"In New York on September 11th in 2001," said Sariyanna Hopkins.
"That new york building collapsed," explained Kentaurus Huff.
"And all the innocent people died," said Jamarion King.
Whatley showed them a short video and talked to them about grief.
"It was making me cry," said Huff in between sighs. "They did the wrong thing. They didn't have to do that."
As the kids watched and colored, they learned.
"I'm drawing the building that collapsed and the people yelling help," said Huff.
Aside from the terror attack, they learned about the heroes too.
"They saved some people but some people weren't able to make it out," said Hopkins.
Whatley is glad she was able to teach her students about a day that changed all of our lives.
"It's good for them to understand the tragedy so they can understand how our lives today have a big impact because of what happened because of 9-11," said Whatley.
Whatley said she wants her students to share what they learned with others their age.
She hopes they will remember this lesson for years to come.