Columbia, SC (WLTX)- H.E. Corley cafeteria was full of first responders from different departments Wednesday morning.
The school has been holding the free lunch event since the one-year anniversary of September 11th. Fourth and fifth grade students made place mats for the first responders and also learned more about what happened on September 11, 2001.
"We've learned that one of the terrorists took over the plane and pushed the real pilots over and crashed it," said Carley Harvey.
Kate Montella is a first year art teacher at the school, her dad was a New York firefighter and was on vacation the day of the 9/11 terror attack.
"It's hard to be thankful for something like that because he did lose so many friends and it is a really close knit community," said Ms. Montella.
Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck attended the luncheon and says a lot of people made a lot of sacrifices for people they didn't even know and that is an important part of the 9/11 story.
"It's a chance for us to teach kids about history," said Chief Buck. " It is about giving to others before you give to yourself."
The first responders took home the place mats made by the children.