Mr. Egnot spent days prepping the scene. Students walked to the media center along replica traintracks past abandoned shoes and empty luggage, through the trestle and under the Arbeit Macht Frei sign ringed in iron chains. Solemn music played as students passed photos and information about real victims of the Holocaust.
He chose infomational material for 15 "centers" including a giant timeline of events, the memoir Night by Elie Weisel, an Auschwitz station complete with handmade uniform and Jewish star, and replica gas cannisters, and ending with stories of hope.
This morning An eighth grader walking into the media center this morning immediately recognized the theme. "This is for the Holocaust?" she asked. Her friend was awed by the detail and a little envious of the immersive learning experience " We never had this last year"
Hopefully , students will take the theme of "Never Again" to heart as the unit also included information on other genocides around the world including Armenia, Rwanda, and elsewhere.
Upon completion of the Holocaust stations, students were able to visit the a butterfly painting booth to take part in The Butterfly Project. Manned byr an 8th grader who specifically sought out Mr. Egnot's mentorship, each student received the name of a separate child who died in the Holocaust and painted a wooden butterly in their honor. The butterflies will become part of an exhibit and a worldwide movement originating in France #theButterflyProject meant to honor and recognized the children of this atrocity.
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!