|From the museum's April newsletter.|
Anyway, my speech went well. I had practiced it carefully, but went off the cuff as was appropriate to thank Sabine, the survivor who spoke to our kids this year.
|Matt got some blurry pictures. I'm hoping to get my hands on the professional photos soon.|
|With my star student.|
|We all got copies of Freedom Writers and Erin signed them.|
|Erin and me at the memorial garden painting.|
|My students with Abe Price. You can read his story here.|
Erin's presentation was outstanding. She showed clips of the Freedom Writers film and the actual film of her students going to Auschwitz with her. In a time when we're seeing a rise in hate crimes, Holocaust education has never been more important, and it reaches students on all levels and in more ways than we can articulate.
It was completely an honor to be invited to this event and to speak to the importance of teaching the Holocaust to students. I wish I had remembered to talk about how this topic turns my non-readers into readers, my quiet kids into curious questioners, my apathetic kids into people of action.
|Erin, me, and my principal. It feels so good to always have her support.|
I've uploaded my speech (for now at least - I'm not sure how long I'll keep it up) to a page on my blog for those who may be interested.
What is a cause you are passionate about?