Three trunks decorated by students of Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy are now on display at the Anne Frank in the World exhibit in Sandy Springs. A total of six trunks including those decorated by the Weber School, Dunwoody High School, and GIVE Center East are on display.
The Holocaust Learning Trunk Project provides trunks filled with a full complement of educational materials on the Holocaust, World War II, genocide, and positive character building to middle schools across the state of Georgia. The project is jointly sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and the Georgia Department of Education.
Georgias middle school teachers use these trunks to supplement their curriculum and fulfill the states Standards of Excellence. The exterior of each trunk was decorated by schools in metro Atlanta to reflect the theme What are the lessons of the Holocaust? which extends to include the commemoration of upstanders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. The use of art and history unifies students of various backgrounds and beliefs, connecting them through their experiences participating in this project. They are able to express their social conscience, sensitivity and appreciation for diversity, respect for all people, and inspire teaching and learning for all humanity.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust (GCH) and the Georgia Department of Education are working in concert to ensure the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project will cultivate positive character development and foster students understanding of the importance of good citizenship. This project is part of the GCHs Year of Remembrance programming for 2012, which strives to overcome hate with education.