SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In partnership with an education nonprofit called 3GNY, the Syracuse City School District hosted grandchildren of Holocaust survivors throughout this week.
Living Links for Syracuse Schools is a special week-long educational program, that utilizes Microsoft Teams to bring special guests into 6th through 12th-grade classrooms throughout the District to tell their personal family stories of survival.
3GNY is an educational nonprofit made up of third-generation descendants of Holocaust survivors committed to educating diverse audiences about the perils of intolerance. The hallmark We Educate program provides training for 3Gs to compellingly share their grandparents’ stories of survival in school settings, and connect the lessons we can take from the Holocaust to the challenges of the modern day.
Students at Clary Middle School, Grant Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Ed Smith K-8 School, Huntington Pre-K-8 School, Corcoran High School, Henninger High School and PSLA @ Fowler High School all had the opportunity to benefit from this experience.
The program also took place last year, and SCSD Supervisor of Social Studies Nick Stamoulacatos said students were deeply moved, “Studies show that students who receive Holocaust education - especially when it includes testimony from witnesses - are more tolerant and comfortable with people of different races and backgrounds," Stamoulacatos says. "They’re more willing to challenge incorrect or biased information and are more likely to be upstanders.”
Beginning in SCSD on Monday, the program will continue through the end of this week.