Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Receives $25,000 Grant From the Dallas Mavericks Foundation
Funds prepare educators, offset admission and transportation for about 3,300 Dallas students
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has received a $25,000 grant from the Dallas Mavericks Foundation to offset admission and transportation for approximately 3,300 Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students in the coming year. During their visit to the Museum, students will receive guided tours of the exhibits and watch video testimony of survivors in the Museum’s theater. In addition, when available, a local Holocaust survivor or refugee will speak to the students about his or her experiences.
“This generous grant allows us to support both students and teachers as they learn about the Holocaust and human rights. It also assists us in providing additional materials and guidance in discussing genocide in the classroom, when requested,” says Mary Pat Higgins, the Museum’s President and CEO. “Our education department includes two Museum educators with PhDs; Sara Abosch an expert in modern Jewish history, and Charlotte Decoster, with expertise on Children and the Holocaust.”
Established in October 1996, the Dallas Mavericks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. The Foundation is dedicated to using its unique platform to build a stronger community by empowering youth, women and families who need financial support, advocacy and service.
As part of the DISD partnership, the Museum staff offers teacher workshops to ensure educators have an understanding of the history of the Holocaust and human rights. Because many educators have had limited formal Holocaust or human rights training, these workshops can help teachers prepare their students and create appropriate classroom activities to complement their visits.