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2007 Award Recipient
Amanda observed that students at her high school were not educated about the Holocaust and also demonstrated intolerance toward individuals and groups of people different from themselves. Amanda, unwilling to accept the status quo, began a program for Holocaust education/tolerance training at the school. She fundraised over $12,000 to cover a trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for the entire junior class (410 students plus adults) through letter writing, phone calls, and face to face meetings with potential donors during the summer between her freshman and sophomore years of high school. The educational experience Amanda made possible had a lasting impact on participating students. Based on its initial success, and a recognition that this type of education should take place earlier in the developmental process, the trip to the Museum of Tolerance was incorporated into the local middle school curriculum.
The High School Holocaust Curriculum sent Amanda's entire junior class (410 students plus adults) to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to learn about the holocaust and how and why to be sensitive to others' differences.