Wonderful email HTD received from a teacher in West Palm Beach, FL

My name is Rachel Pignato. I was a senior sitting in high school on September 11th, 2001. I was so impacted by the event I wanted to do something to better the world, so I became a teacher. I currently teach 12 grade government and economics and every year I take time to teach on tragic events of that day. My students were too young to understand the full significance of it so through video, pictures and audio I share the day with them so that we never forget. But more than that I understand the difficulty of personalizing such a mass of loss which is where the Hold the Door campaign comes in. I teach my students ever year about Ronald Carl Fazio Sr. and his simple act of holding the door and how it’s impacted so many. I charge my students with having a week to further the cause of holding the door. Students have helped elderly neighbors paint their house or worked at a soup kitchen and the list goes on. I told the kids of how Mr. Fazio loved Reese’s peanut butter cups and I give them each one. Every time they see one now they remember the act of holding the door. Many have actually pinned the wrapper to their backpacks as a reminder. This week I finally was able to pay my respects at the Memorial. It was a trip 11 years in the making. I took an impression kit and shaded his name on the south 60 panel. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the moment and found myself inconsolable over a man I never met. His story has changed my life and the lives of my students… And for no other reason his death had purpose. I wanted to share my experience and pass along my admiration to his family for the work they are doing to honor his legacy.
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