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Trunk Decorating

Students from metro Atlanta are contributing their time and artistic talent to decorating trunks for the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project.

The use of art and history unifies students of various backgrounds and beliefs, connecting them through their experiences learning about the Holocaust.

Students participating in this project 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 use of art and history unifies students of various backgrounds and beliefs, connecting them through their experiences learning about the Holocaust.

How to Participate

Trunk decorating is a wonderful opportunity for students to become involved in such an instrumental project.

Trunk decorating sign-up is currently closed. To receive an e-mail when it opens again, click here to sign-up


The message of the artwork on the trunks should reflect one of the following themes:

  • Liberators
  • Rescuers
  • Anne Frank
  • Dedication to an upstander ( Examples: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Airmen)

The Commission encourages the themes and motifs on each trunk reflect on stories of rescue or liberation. For a list of recommended Rescuers, please see click here.

The artwork on the trunk must adhere to these guidelines.

Participating Schools/Organizations

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is honored by and grateful for contributions from students at the following schools:


B'nai Torah Religious School
Congregation Ner Tamid
General Ray Davis Middle School
Luther Hudson Price Middle School
Madras Middle School
Moore Middle School
Reach for Excellence
Shiloh Middle School
Westside Middle School
Woodstock Middle School


The Amit-Garinim School
Congregation B'nai Torah Religious School
G.I.V.E. Center East
Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy
G.I.V.E. Center East
Level Creek Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
One Love Generation
Sweetwater Middle School
Yeshiva Atlanta


Autrey Mill Middle School
Breman Middle School
Boy Scout Troop 1818
Crabapple Middle School
Dunwoody High School
G.I.V.E. Center East
Ivy Preparatory Academy
Memorial Middle School
Moore Middle School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian Upper School
Sophia Academy
Sweetwater Middle School
Torah Day School
The Weber School
Yeshiva Atlanta

One of three trunks decorated by students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Upper School. "The Mount Vernon Presbyterian Upper School is thrilled to partner with Georgia's Holocaust Commission, an organization whose mission promotes peace, reconciliation, and equality. In particular, Mount Vernon is honored to be a part of the Commission's effort to use innovative instructional strategies as a means of increasing educational access to rural districts."

-Tyler Thigpen, Headmaster Mount Vernon Presbyterian Upper School

Students of G.I.V.E. Center East decorating a trunk titled "More Than Statistics."


"This Holocaust Learning Trunk Project provided us with meaningful discussions on tolerance and acceptance, courage and heroism, hope and standing up against hate and bigotry. We worked together and learned together and hope that students who open this trunk will use the learning materials as an important element of Holocaust education and find that compassion grows with knowledge."

-Students of G.I.V.E. Center East








After decorating each trunk in a design of their choice each school has been asked to identify themselves on the side of the trunk. In addition to this, an artists' statement reflecting on the experience will accompany each trunk throughout the state. What message would the students that have decorated the trunk like to convey to the students that will receive it? What did they learn during the process? What inspired the design of the art on the trunk?

Three Trunks at Yeshiva Atlanta
Students of Yeshiva Atlanta with trunks before they begin the decorating process.