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Books for Bravery

Students from 4 MPS schools receive books aimed at helping them understand 9/11

MILWAUKEE – As the nation marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, members of the Milwaukee Fire Department, members of the Milwaukee Police Department and military veterans delivered books Friday to students at four MPS schools through a partnership between MFD and On Purpose Journey Inc. Books for Bravery.

The book – "The Little White Truck with the Big Mission" – is an age-appropriate story told through the eyes of the pick-up truck used to travel to New York City following 9/11 to retrieve a section of steel from the World Trade Center and bring it to the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee.

Author Mollie Manhattan based the book upon an actual journey and mission undertaken by a retired MFD battalion chief and a Vietnam veteran. The book helps students both understand and remember 9/11, which occurred before current elementary school students were born.

Fifth-grade students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Emerson Elementary School, Hawley Environmental School, O.W. Holmes School and Riley Elementary School received the books.

Photos: The books were distributed at MPS’ Riley Elementary School during the school’s 9/11 commemoration on Friday.



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