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Click on any of the tabs above to see videos, read students’ reactions and learn more about what we do in depth. Below is a brief overview of 2012. It was an extraordinary year, and we’re working to make 2013 even more impactful.
Here are some of the highlights of our work in 2012:
- Grassroots participation from schools has grown, and administrators, teachers and students are making increasing contributions. They have come to understand the importance of being upstanders, of "paying it forward" and enabling other schools to share in this emotional and transformative program.
- The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest is working in close collaboration with us to help us grow and reach greater audiences, providing ideas, resources, event space, and hands-on involvement.
- A larger number of survivors have volunteered their time in various capacities and the impact of their participation has been felt in our programming.
- 300 students and 30 educators have participated in our all expenses paid, supervised one-day Remembrance Journeys to Washington, DC. After viewing the Permanent Exhibition at the Museum, students reflect on what they have experienced, before we set out for a ceremony to honor victims of the Holocaust at the Lincoln Memorial. Our final stop at the Martin Luther King Memorial helps students internalize the message of the power of the individual to make real and lasting change.
- New activities have been initiated on the bus, and at the museum. Students are bringing forward their thoughts, feelings and questions more deeply and in a more open manner than before.
- Our Youth Leadership Seminar in May, co-sponsored with the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, was a resounding success. Over 275 students and teachers participated in the workshops, listened to guest speakers including a corrections officer from Maine State Prison, talked to Holocaust survivors in small groups, and participated in the first phase of a project in which the survivor's legacies will be set in stone.
We want to extend our sincere thanks to all those who have helped us make a difference in the lives of these young people. Without them it would not have been possible.
Morris Rubell Holocaust Remembrance Journeys