McKinley Students and Staff Visit U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
On Tuesday, April 16 a group of students and staff from McKinley-ALC visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The McKinley participants joined students and staff from St. Cloud State University as well as several community members from the St. Cloud area on the one-day trip. The group was coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Our participation was led by Dr. Dan Wildeson, Director of the SCSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) and professor of communication studies. The trip was partially funded by CHGE and District 742 Equity Services.
Leading up to the trip, students participated in a course on Holocaust studies and will continue to deepen their understanding of the event by writing and reflecting upon their experiences. Margo Kanthak, a former graduate student in the SCSU English department and long-time colleague at CHGE, is facilitating class discussions and assisting students with pre- and post-trip responses. Participants in the class and trip were students Tyler Plogger, Cody Lively, Noele Ruiz, and Isaac Carpenter, as well as staff members Mike Myers-Schleif and Sam Nordby.
While in Washington D.C., students and staff were also able to go on a self-guided tour of the city, which included stops at the White House, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. It was truly a day of deep, meaningful learning for all involved.