2016-2017 Educator Grant Wrap-Up
By Robin Lane
One of the greatest joys I get working as the Education Specialist for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is monitoring our Educator Grants. I get to see and hear firsthand the amazing impact that Texas teachers have on their students and the extra efforts they go through to share important life lessons with students and give them the skills and insights they need to be successful in today’s world. Whether it is taking students on field trips to their local Holocaust museum, integrating history into an English Language Arts class, or doing a service project for their school community, every recipient of the Educator Grant is making a world of difference for the students and their school.
Most of the projects this year impacted many historically underrepresented students – a majority of Hispanic, English Language Learners, female, and economically disadvantaged students. We are proud at the THGC to make sure that our resources and programs touch a group of students that celebrates the diversity of Texas!
The best way to share the impact of these projects is by uplifting the reflections of our recipient educators and the voices of the students who benefited from their projects. Here are some of the highlights of the 2016-2017 Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Educator Grant!
“These students were able to walk away from this project knowing that they truly are their class leaders, they have a voice, and they can make an impact in their community.”
“Studying genocides impacted me because of how many innocent people died. At first I thought that the Holocaust was the only genocide but now I know there is way more, and even some going on now.”
“I learned that businesses should act more responsibly, because millions of people depend on them.”
“I am B.R.A.V.E. by standing up for other people that are going through a rough time.”
“I know how it feels to be treated differently and I work hard to stop unfair bullying and teasing.”
“I want to show people that you don’t have to put others down because of your own situation. I want to be able to make a difference in someone’s life. Someone who doesn’t have a voice. I want to make sure they never go through what I went through.”
It’s clear from these voices that the Friends of the THGC Grant program continues to make a huge impact on our Texas schools! If you are an educator interested in participating in this program for the 2017-2018 school year, keep checking back on our website. Applications will be posted later this summer and will have due dates listed for 2017.Tags: holocaust thgc genocide texas holocaust and genocide commission education students holocaust education 2016 2017 educator grant