Thanks to a generous grant from the Rumson PTO, Forrestdale School is partnering with Chhange (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education) center at Brookdale Community College to offer educational opportunities to the seventh and eighth grade. The Chhange Center was founded in 1979 as the Center for Holocaust Studies to provide education and historical information on the Holocaust and genocide, and to promote the elimination of antisemitism and all forms of prejudice that damage society. They seek to empower individuals by providing proactive tools to address injustice in their local and global communities.
The partnership with Chhange will allow teachers and students a year-long series of professional development and enrichment opportunities designed to assist the district strengthen their efforts to embed tolerance with students and in the school culture.
The year’s activities will include class presentations and assemblies, along with professional development training focusing on the integration of lessons of tolerance, using Holocaust survivor stories as the basis. Topics will include using children’s diaries as primary sources in classrooms, bringing human history to life with local survivors’ personal stories, photographs, dramatic interpretations, and archival items, as well as participating in the Anne Frank Exhibit and Art Installation during the spring.