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A Meaningful Field Trip

Because of the generosity of our donors through Donors Choose and the grant awarded by Venture Academy, 140 students and 12 teachers had the opportunity to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and immerse ourselves in this horrific time in our world’s history.  This experience was one of the most meaningful events in my teaching career and many students said they felt the same. They made parallels to current trends in society that look very similar, and I believe it truly opened their eyes to the fact that it only takes one individual to polarize a nation, for good or for evil.  This generation of students has already begun to prove that they are much more empathetic to difference, and are more accepting of humans for who they are, and I can only hope that what they have learned in the museum will resonate with them for the rest of their lives. They will be the voice for the voiceless, they will stand up against hate, and they will make sure that this never happens again.— Contributed by Jodi Fowler, English Department Chair