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Visit with a Holocaust Survivor at the Freedom Center Museum
recipients: Elizabeth Crawford, Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield, Ohio
date: Spring 2016
A mini-grant made it possible for English teacher Elizabeth Crawford to take 51 students, two teachers, and one member of the local community on a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in Cincinnati. Participants actively engaged with the displays and gained a great deal from the material shared by the docents. They also had the life-changing opportunity to hear the first-person testimony of Dr. Miller, a Holocaust survivor.
Students came away with the sense that they can make a difference in the world. From Dr. Miller, they learned the importance of their role in preventing another Holocaust. One student shared how surprised she and her peers were to learn that enslavement continues today, even in Ohio. Elizabeth believes that these memories will last and continue to touch the lives of many community members. For example, two participants are hosting exchange students during the 2016-17 academic year to help combat the fear of the unknown that seems to pervade the school.