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".
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Published9/3/2010 4:20 PM