MOUNT VERNON — April is Holocaust Remembrance Month and students in Trudy Debolt’s class at Mount Vernon Middle School have already paid tribute to children who lived — and died — in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic.
Debolt said her sixth-grade class studied the Holocaust as part of their informational text unit in reading and decided to take part in the Houston Texas Holocaust Museum’s butterfly project. The museum is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to honor the 1.5 million children whose lives were taken in the Holocaust.
Each student was given a poem written by a child who lived in the Terezin Ghetto during the Holocaust. The student studied the poem, created a butterfly to honor the life of that child and the butterfly was displayed in the classroom.
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