New London High School bilingual students in Lori Mennnig’s Language Arts classes spent the last month with a trunk of Holocaust resources that were borrowed from the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in Milwaukee.
Students used the plethora of resources to help deepen their studies, and the class plans to travel to Milwaukee in March to visit the resource center.
The class has been doing an inquiry project on how to prevent future genocide, while reflecting on their roles as they work to become change agents.
Recently, Menning and her students each posted a personal pledge to take action. These pledges, along with others posted by the growing community of people who care about preventing and responding to genocide, can be viewed on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Website by visiting http://www.ushmm.org/genocide/take_action/action/pledge/#/browse.
New London High School freshman Ruby Fortuno connects to a quote by Confucius: “A journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step.” She believes that together a single step can become much more.
“Our Holocaust studies will take time as we are taking a journey and learning together and applying it to our future,” Fortuno said.
The students look forward to sharing their pledges with Holocaust survivor, Henry Golde when he returns for his third visit to New London High School. The class continues to do research and edit the biography they are writing of Golde. This book is set to be shared in May with a community presentation at the New London Public Library/Museum. More details about this community evening will follow.