Nine Educators Receive THGC Friends Grants
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is proud to announce the awardees of this year’s Friends of the THGC Grant. Nine educators will be receiving awards totaling over $7,000.
Ms. Jennifer Cozart, Ms. Courtney Holland, and Ms. Kristol Carter, Stephenville High School, Stephenville ISD
- Students involved in the EPIC program (Encouraging People in Our Community), are committed to a lifestyle of paying it forward and doing good deeds on a daily basis. This year, EPIC will launch a scholarship program and host a banquet celebrating members of the community who are positive role models for students.
Ms. Rebecca Barta, NYOS Charter School – Austin
- NYOS Remembers will combine Social Studies, literature, music, and artwork to educate fifth graders about the Holocaust. These students will also host a Holocaust Remembrance Night and take a field trip to the San Antonio Holocaust Museum.
Ms. Heather Mason, Midland Freshman High School and Robert E. Lee Freshman High School, Midland ISD
- Project #IBelieveIAmSomebody will address the stigma of mental health, by empowering students struggling with mental health issues in a bi-weekly support group. The project will culminate with the installation of stickers in every campus bathroom, carrying positive messages to all students.
Ms. Nerissa Coligan and Ms. Shannon Bush, Gary High School and Junior High, Gary ISD
- The project Raising Awareness in East Texas will encourage awareness of diversity and ethical decision making for 8th through 10th grade students in Gary ISD. Students will learn about the Holocaust in their Social Studies classes, take a field trip to one of Texas’ Holocaust Museums, and host a Multicultural Festival.
Ms. Barbara Robinson, Jackson Technology Center, Garland ISD
- In the spring semester, 8th grade students at will study the Holocaust through both fictional and non-fictional accounts, then take a field trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum.
Ms. Sarah Allison, Caldwell Middle School, Caldwell ISD
- This Middle School Enrichment Program will first engage 8th grade students in learning about the Holocaust, then take them on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Houston. In the final phase of the program, students will complete a research project on a Holocaust survivor and connect their learnings from the program to their own lives.
Ms. Cynthia Rial Graham, Las Americas Learning Center, Arrow Academy
- The Faces of Worldwide Genocide – Learning to Live After Survival is a comprehensive instructional lesson developed for fifth through seventh grade students. Students will read fictional and non-fictional accounts of young survivors, use math and science to understand the widespread effects of genocide, and learn the history of genocides in Sudan, Rwanda, as well as the Holocaust.
Ms. Wendy Warren, Hasting High School, Alief ISD
- In the project Life: Survivor Portraits of Houston, students will visit the Houston Holocaust Museum and use photography and project-based learning to dialogue about the important messages learned from Holocaust survivors.
Congratulations again to all of these inspiring educators!