Michelle Best, an Austintown Middle School teacher, spoke at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s 26th Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event on May 2nd about the importance of introducing Holocaust-based themes and lessons in the classroom. To her surprise she was not only there to speak about Holocaust education, but was recognized for her work as a Holocaust educator.
“Lessons of the Holocaust are just as relevant today as they were twenty years ago, and dare I say, even more important. Our voices may be the only thing we have to stand up for injustices that we see happening around us,” she expressed during her speech.
Best is involved with the International Shared Reading Project. The project involves the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation partners with the Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati for this program that pairs schools in Ohio with schools in Israel. They read and discuss a work of literature related to the Holocaust via online discussion forums.
Three AMS students were also recognized during the event for their writing. The following awards are as follows:
Aeryonnah Zura - Honorable Mention - Poetry
Connor Smith - Honorable Mention - Poetry
Kara Pirone - Third Place - Essay