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Holocaust lesson spurs Greendale students to give back

by | Feb 11, 2020 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog | 0 comments

Student puts shoes collected in drive into box.

GREENDALE — Inspired by a poignant photo in a lesson on the Holocaust, students at Greendale Middle School are giving back by joining a shoe drive, according to a story by Fox 6 news. 

“Other people needed them more than me,” Ali Hammad, an eighth-grade student at the school, said of the shoes.

The students were inspired to dig through their closets after a presentation about the holocaust. One image stood out.

“Just seeing a picture of the concentration camp with hundreds of thousands of shoes from kids sizes to adults, and that just really showed how many people died,” Hammad said.

The presentation is called the “Holocaust Shoe Project.” It teaches about the severity of the holocaust while calling on students to give back.

“We want to shine a light on something terrible that happened in the past, but also what are the things we can do today to help people,” said Erin McCarthy, a social studies teacher.

Read the full article and watch the video here.

Image of shoes taken from Holocaust victims.

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