Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Announces 2015 Educator Grant Recipients
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is proud to announce the awardees of this year's Friends of the THGC Educator Grant. Six educators will be receiving awards totaling nearly $5,500, funding projects that further the aims of Holocaust and genocide education, and encourage civic, personal, and social responsibility. These programs will serve both middle school and high school students, at schools in Houston, Garland, Humble, and San Antonio. Congratulations to all of these inspiring educators!
Ms. Freida Donzis, Folks Middle School, Northside ISD
- 8th grade students will take a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, reincforcing their study on the Holocaust with an emphasis on standing up to bullies and the repercussions of being a silent bystander.
Ms. Audrey Ethridge, Construction Careers Academy, Northside ISD
- Students will learn firsthand the importance of giving back to their communities, by building accessibility ramps for disabled homeowners and their families.
Mr. Matthew Remington, Humble High School, Humble ISD
- Students in the National Art Honors Society will use art and photography to explore the history of the Lodz ghetto, then identify and photograph "symptoms and symbols" of important issues in their own communities. They will also gather oral histories of family and community members.
Ms. Barbara Robinson, Jackson Technology Center, Garland ISD
- In 8th grade English classes, students will study the Holocaust and other genocides and visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum. As part of their study, students will also raise money to support a school for Darfurian refugees.
Ms. Shalini Sarkar, Hastings High School, Alief ISD
- History students will focus their study on the Lodz ghetto through media, art, and photography. Students will then produce original art responding to important issues in their own communities.
Mr. Ryan Sprott, International School of the Americas, North East ISD
- Students will engage in conversation, collaboration, and creative action around border and immigration issues. Activities include dialogues with border patrol officers and law professors and a research trip to McAllen, TX.
Look out for updates as these projects are completed next spring!