A deeper understanding of history was gained by students and their teacher when they began learning about the Holocaust through perfomance and art.
At Bate Middle School, the students will not soon forget the lessons they learned, through their poetry, journal entries and artwork that was inspired by their study of the Holocaust for the their English class. The showcase was made possible by the Anne Frank and Eva Schloss: Reaching Students from Page to Stage Partnership Project made possible by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Stage One Family Theatre and funded through a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.
After the showcase of student work, select students performed “And a Child Shall Lead,” a play inspired by the lives of children in Terezin, a Jewish ghetto and work camp, written by Michael Slade.
“The whole thing kind of fell in our laps,” said Darell Rickmers, the forensics and drama teacher at Bate Middle School. He had considered “and a Child Shall Lead” as a play for the spring, but then connected with English teacher Linda Cottle to work the piece with the English class. He was approached by Jane Dewey, who connected him with an opportunity to participate in the Anne Frank and Eva Schloss: School Partnership Program, through the Kentucky Center For the Performing Arts. Students had the opportunity to meet and speak with a Holocaust survivor, and teachers received training in Holocaust education.