RAHWAY — As she completes a certificate as an Holocaust educator at Kean University, Rahway High School teacher Debi Maller-Natoli fulfills her dream of creating and implementing a new elective course at the high school for juniors and seniors in Holocaust and Genocide Studies through Literature and Film.
Each time she has broached the subject of the Holocaust in her English classes, Maller-Natoli has found her students are eager to learn. Having heard testimonies from visiting survivors, Rahway students have already undergone change by become witnesses themselves. They are thirsty for this knowledge, and many have already decided to take the class once it is offered next year.
Through the online organization, donorschoose.org, people have subscribed to support her course so she can purchase books that most effectively tell the stories. Donor support of this project will help to keep the memories alive and hear the voices of those who can no longer speak for themselves, giving the Holocaust a human face instead of just numbers.
DonorsChoose.org exists to provide an avenue for public school teachers to submit project requests for the specific materials their students need to learn. As their name implies, donors select which projects to support. Once a project is funded, donorschoose.org delivers the materials directly to the school. In return, teachers submit photos of the project in use and thank-you notes from students, which are then sent to the project’s donors.
Teacher Debi Maller-Natoli and students Aniyah Evans, Brandon Suggs, Jasmine Green, Domonique Boss, and Olivia Judah of Rahway High School examine copies of one of the books provided by donors. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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