Social Studies Awards and Grants
The 2014 Louis E. Yavner Awards for promotion of understanding of the Holocaust and human rights issues were presented at the June Board of Regents meeting. Kathy Kimball-Wurster, from Washingtonville High School, is the recipient of the Teacher Award. Mrs. Wurster is the creator and teacher of the Human Rights Course at her school, an advisor to the community service club, and active in her church. Her commitment to human rights has extended to all of Orange County through the Orange County Commission on Human Rights and to the Hudson Valley through her work with the Mid-Hudson Council for the Social Studies. “Teaching Tough Topics” a professional development program sponsored jointly by both of these organizations provided teachers an opportunity to explore human rights topics including gender inequality and violence against women.
Mrs. Hannelore Marx ,a Holocaust survivor, is the recipient of the Citizen Award. She has recently published a book, From Despair to Happiness. The book begins with life in pre-Nazi Germany, shares her experiences under the Nazis and her life after liberation. Written in simple language, it demonstrates how a person can survive captivity and loss, and continue to live. With her son Larry's assistance information about Hannelore, including an interview with her can be found at www.hanneloremarx.com.
Students Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $5,000 ScholarshipJanuary 8, 2015, Washington, D.C.
Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7 – 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Justin Shapiro of Merrick and Ioana Solomon of Long Island City were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.For more information regarding the United States Senate Youth winners for 2015 and the application, go to United States Senate Youth Program.