GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- Since the attacks on 9/11, the events have always been taught around the anniversary at Franklin middle school.
As the 10th anniversary approaches, and the event becomes more distant, they've had to change the way they teach it, for those who don't remember the attacks.
"The students we have they ranged in age from one to four years old. Yes they know about it, but they didn't experience it, and it wasn't just important for our students, but for our staff, because we remember, and it's still raw for all of us when we see images or video clips," said Alison Hamacher, a teacher at Franklin.
One of Hamacher's students, Archey Dudley, was just turning three on September 11, 2001.He's too young to remember a time he didn't share a birthday with the fateful attacks.
"It's not really fun, but it's kind of the ying and the yang, there was something bad, and I was something that was good that day," said Dudley.
Dudley and his classmates were just toddlers at the time of 9/11. What they know about it now, mostly comes from what they learn at school and it's a lesson that causes a lot of emotion.
"I just feel sad why would you do this to our country," said Dudley.
"When I think of September 11th it makes me really sad because almost 3,000 people died," said Cora Shefcski, a seventh grade student
"Scary and its sad that all those people had to do for no reason," said Robert Clary, a seventh grade student.
When teaching her 7th graders about 9/11 Alison Hamacher doesn't take it from the text books. It's a lesson she teaches through images and videos from that day.
Hamacher wants them to feel and know just how significant the attacks are to our country.
"They know about it, but they didn't experience it. And it wasn't' just important for our students, but for our staff, because we remember, and its still raw for all of us when we see images or video clips," said Hamacher.
Hamacher said the hardest part is explaining to the students why it happened.
"We can never truly understand how someone could do this, but we want them to at least understand that it happened. That as a country we changed, and that we can never forget," said Hamacher.
For Dudley, who will celebrate his 13th birthday on Sunday, it helps him remember even more.
"I think of a sad day, it changed the country dramatically," said Dudley.
Today at Franklin they held an all school assembly to commemorate the tenth anniversary. It last a half hour and included a slide show with pictures and videos of 9/11.
The school plans to raise money to build its own memorial at the school.