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JUN 27, 2014

Students Meet Holocaust Survivor

By: Yong Kim

Community Beacon--LA Luz Del Pueblo

In February, El Sereno Middle School’s 8th grade Environmental Science Academy had the incredible privilege of touring the new Los Angles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park.

There, students embarked on a dark, yet informative, journey to learn about the Holocaust. They learned about anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish culture and the horrors of the concentration camps.

Despite the grim reality they encountered, students were left with optimism when they met French Holocaust survivor Michelle Rodri. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, Rodri was able to survive due to the courage of area nuns who took a big risk in hiding her in their convent. Rodri talked to the students about her will to survive and her faith, which gave her the strength to preserve during this tragic time in our world’s history. She also spoke about the emotional triumph and exhilaration she felt when, as a girl, she saw the American tanks arriving in Paris.

The trip was one of many Environmental Science Academy trips providing El Sereno Science Academy students opportunities for education and exploration in and out of the classroom. Trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Aquarium, Eaton and Franklin Canyon, and Catalina Island focus on the Academy’s primary goal: appreciation for nature and conservation. Trips to places like the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Getty Museum allow students to tap into history-based modalities.

For more information on El Sereno Middle School’s Environmental Science Academy, including 6th-8th grade application information please go to www.elserenoms.org.

Yong Kim is a student of the El Sereno Middle School Environmental Science Academy.