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YGC: Jesup eighth graders prepare for Museum Night

by Danielle Wagner

JESUP (KWWL) As part of an extensive unit, eighth graders at Jesup Middle School are studying the Holocaust.

Students in Jill Kraai's language arts classes are wrapping up research projects and presentations.

"There's really every perspective represented. some people focus on Hitler and his rise to power. Others really looked at more traditional topics like Anne Frank or things like that," said Kraai.

Kraai hopes studying the Holocaust and other genocides promotes activism and tolerance in her students.

She related the unit to something the students are more familiar with, bullying, and how one person speaking up does matter.

"It's important to study this because the more we educate ourselves about this, the more we can learn about the warning signs and stuff so we can take further steps to prevent it," said Hannah Riensche.

Whether students made a project or wrote a short play, their hard work culminates with a museum night for the public.

"The museum night where everyone brings projects and everyone from the community comes and walks through and looks at our projects and they can ask questions and take in new information about it," said Riensche.

Students are confident this classroom lesson will stick with them.

"We'll definitely remember," said Riensche. 

Kraai hopes students mostly remember...

"The quote one person can make a difference," she said.

The public is invited to attend Museum Night Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 at the new gym and media center at Jesup School.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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