SCCS Students Visit Nation’s Capital

SCCS Students Visit Nation's Capital

Students from the Silver Creek Central School District traveled to Washington, D.C., in March 2019 with teachers Kristen Foley and Jessica Kardashian as part of a grant supporting Chautauqua County teachers.  The trip was arranged under Leigh-Anne Hendrick, a teacher from Chautauqua Lake High School  who invited teachers from the county to a professional development to learn about teaching the Holocaust within the classroom through The Theodore and Pauline Cohen Holocaust Educational Program working alongside the Hebrew Congregation of Chautauqua Institution. 

Foley and Kardashian attended the professional development in early February and learned they had an opportunity to provide students with this incredible trip -- something they had planned to try for next year -- but they couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  The students traveled alongside the other area schools and Hendrick planned an incredible weekend for them including tours at:
the Library of Congress

the Capitol Building

the National Mall to see the monuments lit up 

the Holocaust Museum and African American Museum
Arlington National Cemetery, where our students were able to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

a synagogue and a meeting with a rabbi and Auschwitz survivor, Rabbi Laszlo Berkowits, who shared his story and talked about the importance of “Being a good person, the rest comes easy.”

The students also met Holocaust survivor and author Sonia Kaplan at the bookstore.

The students – Jayla Cossin, Julia Kennedy, Sierra Newcomb and Danielle Baez – had an incredible experience and learned so much and their teachers are proud to have been able to be a part of giving them this incredible opportunity to see how the power of one doesn’t have to change the entire world, but the work they can do to change the one directly around them.