TUNNEL TO TOWERS 9/11 INSTITUTE™

Committed to assisting educators in teaching children across the country about 9/11, the fallen and the heroic sacrifices of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice while saving others.

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The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ is our September 11, 2001 education program. It is the go-to resource for educators of all types to get the non-fiction, first-person resources they need to teach children across the country about the extraordinary heroism and goodness of everyday people who inspired our nation and demonstrated the strength and resilience of America’s spirit during our nation’s darkest time, when the deadliest terrorist attacks of their kind took place on our country’s soil and innocent civilians of all ages and backgrounds were targeted.

The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ provides educators with valuable 9/11 perspectives and resources to inform all ages about 9/11, but especially those born after that day.

The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ offers full curriculum units for teachers. All units have been developed by educators within the 9/11 community, are based on non-fiction, true accounts of the day and include social studies lessons, learning activities and background for instructors to ensure ease of implementation.

A tribute to all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, this 83-foot tractor-trailer transforms into an 1,100-square-foot exhibit to educate people of all ages about 9/11 through artifacts, such as steel beams from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, documentary videos and recordings of first responder radio transmissions on 9/11. Interactive guided tours of the exhibit are carried out by FDNY firefighters who provide firsthand accounts of the day and its aftermath.

Interested in bringing the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit to your school or community?

The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ is offering the Discovering Heroes® series of books for kids, a non-fiction trilogy based on real people and events. These true stories are designed to increase awareness about 9/11 and everyday heroes. The books are age-appropriate and intended for kids of all ages, but especially young readers ages 7 to 11. Each book in the trilogy is paired with extensive teaching guides for K-5 that include full units of ancillary social studies lessons, learning activities and background for teachers. In January, the series will be distributed exclusively through the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™.

The 9/11 Never Forget Speakers Bureau allows people who experienced 9/11 firsthand to share their accounts with students of all ages. From 9/11 survivors and first responders to family members of the 9/11 fallen, witnesses, and more, the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ provides countless speakers with unique perspectives. Virtual & in-person learning is available on a case-by-case basis.

The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ is proud to introduce the Russell F. Siller Memorial Scholarships, in honor of Russell F. Siller (August 6, 1942 – November 8, 2019), who was a bright, guiding light to all who knew him. These financial scholarships will be awarded to the children of program recipients who are exemplary high school students preparing for college. Each applicant will be required to make a video submission as part of their application. More details will be available about our application requirements in Q4, 2022.

Since its inception in 2001, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has honored and paid tribute to the 2,977 innocent souls who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including the heroism of first responders who gave their lives protecting others, and those who continue to lose their lives from 9/11-related illnesses. Our longstanding commitment to helping America to Never Forget has never wavered.

We vowed to NEVER FORGET; it’s time to educate future generations.