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On May 3rd, Parkside Elementary’s teacher, Mr. Timothy Farmer, and his third grade class journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, as a culminating activity as they finished reading of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This award-winning historical fiction chronicles the life of a family who visits Birmingham for a summer trip and encounters the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which took the lives of four young girls. The students, along with several parents, visited the church and the nearby Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Birmingham is currently commemorating a yearlong 50th anniversary observance of the Civil Rights Movement in the city. This trip was a great experience for the students as it provided an opportunity to bring history and classroom reading to life.
Young Middle School was recently given the first of twenty Holocaust Learning Trunks from Mayor Kasim Reed and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Students attended an assembly to learn more about the historical significance of the educational trunk.
Students heard a riveting account of the Holocaust from a Holocaust Survivor, 87-year-old Dr. Schoenfeld. Dr. Schoenfeld shared his personal experiences of survival in Nazi concentration camps, and he explained some of the atrocities he witnessed from 1944 to 1945 as a Jewish prisoner.
“It is a distinct honor that Mayor Kasim Reed has selected JCYMS as the site for receiving the Holocaust Learning Trunk to teach about the consequences of hate, prejudice and discrimination,” explained Annette Smith, a teacher at Young Middle School. “We gladly accept this honorable charge.”
For the remainder of the year, Young Middle School students will read books, view documentaries, and participate in various learning activities to create artwork, projects, and literature responses associated with the tragic era of the Holocaust.