Sonia Agron

  • Witness, First Responder
  • Captioned

Red Cross volunteer who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11

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This story was filmed as part of our Anniversary in the Schools program, which introduces students to first-person accounts of the 9/11 attacks. Participate in this year’s free program by completing this registration form.

Teaching Guides

Find tailored questions below for teaching this story.

This story may not be appropriate for elementary learners. Please pre-screen and use at your discretion.

As you listen to Sonia’s story, think about the following questions:

  • How was Sonia’s family life affected by 9/11?
  • Sonia became a recovery worker after the attacks. How does she describe conditions at the World Trade Center site during the rescue, recovery, and clean-up?
  • Sonia says, “9/11 didn’t end at midnight or a year later... 9/11 still goes on.” How does Sonia’s story show how 9/11 still impacts the world today?

As you listen to Sonia’s story, consider the following questions:

  • How was Sonia’s family life affected by 9/11?
  • Sonia became a recovery worker after the attacks. How does she describe conditions at the World Trade Center site and the mental health issues experienced by workers?
  • Sonia says, “9/11 didn’t end at midnight or a year later... 9/11 still goes on.” What does she mean? How does Sonia’s story bring awareness to the ongoing repercussions of 9/11?

Additional Resources

Explore the artifacts Sonia donated to the Collection, or learn more about the rescue, recovery, and clean-up period at the World Trade Center site on the Ground Zero Recovery Timeline. You can also learn about the 9/11 Memorial Glade, which was created to honor all who are sick or have died of toxins at the World Trade Center site. If you’re interested in hearing from more first responders, visit our Webinar Stories archive.