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Linda Hooper
Linda Hooper
On September 14 and 15, Clarion University–Venango Campus will present the inspiring story of how the principal of a middle school in Tennessee opened the eyes of her students to the horror of the Holocaust through "The Paper Clips Project," an idea that eventually touched a chord among Holocaust survivors, their families, and even world leaders and celebrities as word of the project spread. The programs are free and open to the public.

A film about "The Paper Clips Project," a lesson created by Whitwell Middle School principal Linda Hooper, will be shown in the Robert W. Rhoades Center auditorium at 1 pm and again at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 14, followed by a discussion. The following evening, Wednesday, September 15, at 7 pm, Ms. Hooper will present "The Power of One," about the enormous effect the project had upon her students, in their understanding of what, to them, had been a relatively unfamiliar chapter in history.

The "Paper Clips Project" began as an after-school program about prejudice to teach eighth graders the importance of respecting different cultures as well as understanding the effects of intolerance. To help them grasp the enormity of the extermination of six million Jews, students began collecting paper clips and wrote letters to famous people asking for paper clips.

The project touched so many people that, to date, over 30 million paper clips have been sent to the school, where the students, staff and community of Whitwell Middle School established the "Children's Holocaust Memorial." In addition, the project has received 30 thousand letters, documents, books, and artifacts about the Holocaust, which have been counted and catalogued by students and are on display in the Children's Holocaust Memorial Research Room, located at the school.

To learn more, go to "The Paper Clip Project".

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

9/3/2010 4:20 PM

Clarion University–Venango Campus to Host Programs to Promote Understanding of the Holocaust