Hood River student wins Holocaust Center contest

“How can lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to make the world a better place?”

This is the question posed to hundreds of students in the Pacific Northwest for the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2015 Writing, Art, and Film Contest.

Haley Hughes of Hood River Middle School won Honorable Mention in Art (7th-8th) for her piece entitled “Support.” The following is an excerpt from her Artist Statement:

“I will never harm anyone because they are different, or because they are disabled. I will only help them and bring their spirits up.”

Over 700 students in grades 5 through 12, from more than 60 schools throughout the Northwest, answered in the form of poetry, fiction, painting, sculpture, drawing, and film. On June 7, the Center honored the winners at an awards ceremony.

For over 25 years, the Holocaust Center for Humanity (formerly the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center) has been teaching tolerance through lessons of Holocaust and providing educational resources to teachers and community groups throughout the region. The Center offers teacher trainings, a Speakers Bureau of local Holocaust survivors, “travelling trunks,” and the Writing, Art, and Film Contest.

The contest gives students the opportunity to engage with the lessons of the Holocaust, while empowering them to explore themes of tolerance, bigotry, and compassion in their daily lives. Director of Education Ilana Cone Kennedy said, “The contest is a great way for students to connect the lessons of the Holocaust to their own lives. Through their writing and creativity, they find that their actions, even small ones, make a difference. Their work inspires all of us.”

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