Contact: Judith Stanford Miller, M.Ed., M.A., editor at email: email@example.com
This site is being produced by Student News Net, a current events site for students of all ages through which we publish primary source content to bring our readers authentic, interesting, and relevant stories in support of multidisciplinary literacy. We take time to research and develop our stories and are proud to publish the end result. In 2009, we covered the 65th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy, France. We had the honor of standing on Omaha Beach and touring Normandy with D-Day veterans. The experience had a lasting impression on us. For the past ten years, we have been adding content to this foundation with many stories on WWII not widely known, such as the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, and the Holocaust, including an interview with Irene Butter, professor emerita and Holocaust survivor. Irene was briefly with Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany in January 1945. In Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story, published in 2018, Irene recalls hearing Allied planes in summer/fall 1944 at Bergen-Belsen.
Many of our stories are based on books published long ago and as recently as last year.
Through our extensive coverage of the topic, it became clear we needed a separate site to connect the dots between these amazing people of D-Day.
March 5, 2019: Watch for new additions each week, including podcasts and new stories. We just came back from touring the USS Iowa near Long Beach, California. Did you know the USS Iowa took President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference in 1943 where Allied leaders (Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin) agreed on planning D-Day for spring 1944? Find this story under the “People of D-Day” tab.
Service Learning Project
One section of this site will be devoted to service learning to actively engage students in the past, present, and future. We will be launching a service learning project on March 15 in which middle school students and an adult advisor(s) are encouraged to form Little Dipper Minus Two clubs, a tribute to Anne Frank and her friends. Anne and four friends started a Little Dipper club but did not realize the Little Dipper had seven stars so they called their club the “Little Dipper Minus Two” club. This information is contained in the book, Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa by Susan Goldman Rubin, published in 2003. Our idea for this service learning project resulted from reading Susan’s book.
Through this project, we will be offering a platform for online discussions, podcasts, and posts submitted by students telling stories of their relatives who are or were WWII/D-Day veterans or Holocaust survivors.
This service learning project will have three pillars. Those are:
- Students, with expert guidance from teachers and librarians, will curate a section in their school library with books and other resources on D-Day, WWII, and the Holocaust.
- Students will plan and lead an annual community event, at school or in the community, in early November around Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11) so they can share their knowledge with other students, their families, and the public, about D-Day, WWII, and the Holocaust.
- Students will volunteer in their community helping veterans and/or Holocaust survivors. Each club will choose the format for this volunteer activity.
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