Building a "Day of the Dead" altar to commemorate those who died in the attacks was a healing experience for the writers at L.A. Youth.
After working on the altar, Danny Maryanov, 16, of Santa Monica High School said, " I felt like I was maybe helping a little bit. I was participating in a relief effort, maybe to relieve people's minds."
Said Marco Menendez, "This is a really tragic thing that happened. I don't know anyone who was not affected by it. And although the Day of the Dead is a light-hearted way of dealing with death, this altar is not to diminish or disrespect what happened on September 11, but it's finding a way to celebrate life."
A group of L.A. Youth writers had mixed feelings about being asked to pledge allegiance to the flag in the wake of the attacks.