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29 November 2005

I Need To Read...


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n article completely before I decide to act. The other day there was a special on HBO that struck a chord with me and I decided to search the internet and then write about it. I obviously didn't listen to the TV closely nor did I read about it completely on the internet...

It seems that the seniors at Whitehall Middle School in Whitehall, Tennessee decided on their class project. They were learning about the Holocaust and how prejudice and power in the wrong hands can be catastrophic. Whitwell Middle School is a small rural middle school located in eastern Tennessee. The student body consists of about 425 students who are mostly Christian with very little cultural diversity. when they learned about the Holocaust and that 6,000,000 Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the students could not believe that that many people were killed and no one did anything to stop it. So, to show them just how many 6,000,000 was, the school came up with the "paper-clip" project.

They chose paper-clips for a special reason. During World War II, Norwegians wore paper-clips on their clothes to show their opposition to Nazism. So they decided to collect 6,000,000 paper clips and then display them somehow.

Paperclips began pouring in... they even received paperclips from some of the survivors. Soon they realized that not only were 6,000,000 Jews gassed, that another 5,000,000 non-Jews were also gassed. Making a long story shorter... somehow they managed to acquire an actual boxcar used in the transport of these people to their deaths. They decided that when the project was complete they would have the walls of the boxcare plexi-glassed and put on display somewhere in the town.

After reading the article I ran out and bought a box of clips to send to them since they were asking people across the country to put some paper clips into an envelope and to mail it to them. Great idea!

I went back to the article to get the mailing address... and I read the entire article... the project was scheduled to end December 31, 2001. Ummm that was 4 years ago.

Observations and Questions
Anyone need a box of paperclips? Has anyone ever heard about this project and the final outcome?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1832. Louisa May Alcott Philadelphia PA, author (Little Women). And in the death notices we find in 1924, Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, dies in Brussels.
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