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AMS recognized for work at Jewish Federation even

May 22, 2019
The Town Crier

Michelle Best, an Austintown Middle School teacher, spoke at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation's 26th Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event on May 2 about the importance of introducing Holocaust-based themes and lessons in the classroom. To her surprise, she was not only there to speak about Holocaust education, but was recognized for her work as a Holocaust educator.

"Lessons of the Holocaust are just as relevant today as they were twenty years ago, and dare I say, even more important. Our voices may be the only thing we have to stand up for injustices that we see happening around us," she expressed during her speech.

Best is involved with the International Shared Reading Project. The project involves the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation partners with the Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati for this program that pairs schools in Ohio with schools in Israel. They read and discuss a work of literature related to the Holocaust via online discussion forums.

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Austintown Middle School students Kara Pirone, Aeryonnah Zura, and Connor Smith, pose with teacher Michelle Best during a May 2 event sponsored by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.The students were among the winners of a writing and art contest held prior to the event.

Three AMS students were also recognized during the event for their writing. The following awards are as follows:

Aeryonnah Zura - Honorable Mention - Poetry

Connor Smith - Honorable Mention - Poetry

Kara Pirone - Third Place - Essay

 
 

 

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