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Ready Set Draw! A Helping Hand KidLit Craft

Ready Set Draw! Helping Hands with Amanda Davis

Helping others is a win-win! Not only do people around you feel loved and cared for, but also, as a helper, you get to feel needed and like you are making a difference!

The restoration of the National 9/11 Flag would never have been possible without the many helping hands of Americans — firefighters, mothers, soldiers, and students — who stitched it back together.

Join Rocco and Amanda Davis, author of 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag for Ready Set Draw! as Amanda demonstrates how to create a Helping Hand of your own!

Materials needed: Paper, scissors, markers, and any other materials you may
want to use to design and decorate your helping hand. 

Download the Helping Hands Activity from www.AmandaDavis.com

About the Book

Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity.

In the days following September 11th, a 30-foot American flag hung torn and tattered at 90 West Street, across from Ground Zero. A few weeks later, the flag was taken down by a construction crew and tucked away in storage, where it stayed for nearly seven years.

The flag was brought out of storage in 2008 when the New York Says Thank You Foundation headed to Greensburg, Kansas, a town nearly destroyed by a tornado. NYSTY brought the flag with them, sparking a grassroots restoration effort that traveled over 120,000 miles across all fifty states, bringing together thousands of people, and helping America heal and rebuild . . . hand by hand, thread by thread, one stitch at a time.

This book is the story of that journey, a journey that ended at the opening of the National September 11 Museum, where the flag remains today. Along the way, the flag was restored using pieces of retired flags from every state—including a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on after he was shot at Ford’s Theater and threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag, which flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The pieces and threads were stitched in by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims, among others. At each stop, communities came together to remember, to heal, and to unite.

About Amanda Davis

​Hi Friends! My name is Amanda Davis. I’m a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses my words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. After losing my father at the age of twelve, I turned to art and writing as an outlet. It became my voice. A way to cope. A way to escape. And a way to tell my story. I was thus inspired to teach art and pursue my passion for writing and illustrating children’s books. Through my work, I strive to empower younger generations to tell their own stories and offer children and adults an entryway into a world of discovery. A world that can help them make sense of themselves, others, and the community around them. A world where they can navigate, imagine, and feel inspired—over and over again.

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