Impact Grants

Graduates of our summer seminars are eligible to apply for impact grants of up to $1,000 for projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities.

Grants have been awarded to support a wide variety of classroom work, visits by Holocaust survivors, field trips to Holocaust centers and other relevant sites, resources for classrooms and school libraries, and extended programming and community outreach that bring Holocaust and social justice education to wider audiences. Grant funds may not be used for teachers’ travel to conferences or to purchase electronic equipment. While teachers may continue to apply for impact grants, individual projects may receive only one grant per year for no more than three years.

Here we proudly feature the work of teachers under the auspices of this program.


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Community Outreach

Discover the Cultural Traditions of Jews Who Lived in Your Town
Students from the Balbieriškis Primary School, Lithuania

Public Screening of Who Will Write Our History
Marla Palmer, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, South Carolina

Broken Glass, Broken Lives: Putting the Pieces Back Together
Scott Lone, West Bend High School, West Bend, Wisconsin

Social Justice Through the Lens of the Holocaust
Pam Bodnar, Marsh Junior High, Chico USD
Gail Desler, Technology Services, Elk Grove USD

“This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak,” Photography Exhibit
Jacqueline Kohl, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky

“Beyond the Holocaust” Reading Series
Risha Mullins, London, Kentucky

Hear My Story, Be My Voice
Rosie Sansalone, The Summit Country Day School, Cincinatti, Ohio

River Valley Remembers
Lisa Darden-Moose, Van Buren High School, AR

Teaching Tolerance Trunks
Karen Klaich, South Central High School, NC

Quilt of Remembrance Project
Margo Wixsom, Palo Alto High School, CA

One Rural Michigan Community Responds to the Holocaust
Corey Harbaugh, Gobles Middle/High School, MI

Survivor Visits

Understanding the Past to Benefit the Future
Shannon Fox, Braham High School, Braham, Minnesota

Visit with a Holocaust Survivor at the Freedom Center Museum
Elizabeth Crawford, Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield, Ohio

A Day with Survivor Irving Roth
Angela Hartman, Hutto High School, Hutto, Texas

Holocaust Inquiry Part 111: Our Journey
Lori Menning, New London High School, New London, Wisconsin

Emmanuel Habimana, Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Speaks with Students
Jon Baker, Paddock View School, IN
Sid Shroyer, New Prairie High School, IN

Living History: Study of the Holocaust and Survivor Visit
Angela Dean, Collins Hill High School, GA

Peer Mediators Community Outreach Project
Pam Bodnar, Marsh Junior High School, CA

Bearing Witness
Diane Williams, ANSER Charter School, ID
Angela Harvey, Les Bois Junior High School, ID

The Star Project
Heather Hollands, Gwinn High School, MI
Amy Laitinen, Gwinn High School, MI

Classroom Work

Memory and Legacy – Migration Workshop with Rachael Cerrotti
Amy McLaughlin-Hatch, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Easton, Massachusetts

“The War Within These Walls” Reading and Community Discussion
Christina Cote- Reinhart, Gardiner Public School, Gardiner, Montana

Children of the Holocaust – Point of View Project
Sherry Chapman, Daniel J. Savage Middle School, Modesto, California

Understanding Human Rights with Free?: Stories about Human Rights
Nicholas Darlington, First Sage Valley Middle School, Caldwell, Idaho

Studying Other Cultures
Suzanne Sullivan, Chippewa Middle School, MI

Teaching with The Journey That Saved Curious George
Sandra Sullivan, St. Pius X High School, Nebraska

Survivor Stories Club
Shannon Galloway, Elston Middle School, Northwest Indiana WP, IN

Adopt a Survivor Project
Lori Menning, School District of New London, WI

What Matters: Connecting Meaningful Literature to the Content Areas
Carol L. Revelle, University of North Texas, TX

Field Trips

A Student’s Journey
Angela Frank, Springbrook Middle School, Adrian, Michigan

Field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills
Johanna Toth, Portage North Middle School
Kathy Ha, Portage West Middle School, Portage, Michigan

Visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills
Wendy VanBeelen, Mason High School, Mason, Michigan

The Butterfly Project
Donna Tarney, Charlotte Catholic High School, North Carolina

Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati
Kristi Ugland, Tree of Life Christian School, Columbus, Ohio

From Past to Present: Exploring Antisemitism
Nadine Ulseß-Schurda, BRG in der Au, Innsbruck, Austria

O’Neill High School Remembrance Project
Katrina Gotschall, O'Neill High School, Nebraska

Field Trip to the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center
Scott Lone, West Bend High School, West Bend, Wisconsin

Field Trip to the Jewish Film Festival
Zack Hull, Carson Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WWII Speaker Series
Jane Luethge, Burke High School, Omaha, NE

Connecting Students to History
Carrie McCallum, St. Helen's High School, OR

Holocaust in History Student Tour
Ginny Hoke, Thurston High School, OR

Remembering What You Saw
Sue Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Communications, Hocking College, OH

Extended Programming

The Advanced Holocaust Educators Conference
Tom Seib, Pius X High School, Lincoln, Nebraska

“From the Ashes: Art of the Holocaust,” Exhibit and Event
Scott Lone, West Bend East High School, West Bend, Wisconsin

Bringing the Unsilence Project into the Classroom
Michelle Best, Austintown Middle School, Austintown, Ohio

Visas for Life Project
Toshimi Abe-Janiga, Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy, Riviera Beach, Florida

Response-Ability: Empathy in Action
Michelle Sadrena Clark, High Tech High North County, CA

Afripeace Chico Journey to Rwanda
Pam Bodnar, Marsh Junior High School, CA

The Holocaust and Teaching for Social Justice
Stefani Pautz, Salisbury University, MD

Human Rights: How My Actions Impact Others’ Rights
Klaudia Neufeld, Pathways School, CO

Dakota Writing Project Holocaust Institute
Jan Hausmann, Mount Marty College, South Dakota

Roswell Reads
Leslie Lawner, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School, NM
Melissa Flanagan, New Mexico Military Institute, NM


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)

Teachers at Work

View videos created by TOLI teachers about their mini-grants, their trips, and their outreach projects.