My students need to experience world class Museums and a trip that can change their lives. They must have an opportunity to get out of their project homes.
Our neighborhood school, where none of my students live, is the furthest many students have traveled. Living in projects and homeless shelters are all too familiar. This trip means the world to them. They need to experience all that these Museums can offer. This is a dream you can help them achieve!
In August, my students wouldn't pick a book up to read.
Now, books can be seen all over their tables, going home with them, and books in their arms. They have "met" Anne Frank, Inge Auerbacher, Bozenna Gilbride and many other survivors and non-survivors of the Holocaust through reading their books. Compassion and determination has been seen firsthand. They have read the stories of the Freedom Writers and understand them only too well. They live in their homes often without any possibilities of hanging outside because there are too many gangs too close for comfort. I have a student whose father died in front of him, others lost parents to drugs, many live with grandparents. Their joy of learning cannot be knocked out of them though. They want to know more, they want to experience more. School is their safety zone, a place where they can change the cycle of poverty and climb out. This Museum trip offers them the chance to see how they can change the world, one child at a time.
We are reading The Diary of Anne Frank. I was honored to met the director of The Anne Frank Museum. He promised to send us a replica of the attic and my students are eagerly awaiting the model. They have tons of questions about the Holocaust. Why didn't more people hide people? Why did people believe Hitler? What would Anne think of the world now? How did people stand by and not help? What can we do? The questions never end. Years ago, we started a Tolerance Club to do things on our campus to help those who need our help. Although my students are many times those who need the help, they want to reach out. Having the experience at the Museums and then to have their own copy of Anne Frank to read and reread many times in their lives will mean a lot. They share what they learned with others on our campus and spread the word. They reached their first half million in our "Bandage Project," and are working toward the next million to honor the 1,500,000 children killed in the Holocaust.
For seven years, my students have been able to make this trip to Los Angeles, however last year we were unable to raise the money we needed.
This year we have raised almost enough for our bus, but not the rest of the trip. My students need this trip to change their lives, give them meaning and give them a reason to believe that people do care about them. They've been writing letters all year to earn money, only to come up very short. Only you can help them make this dream a reality this year!
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