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Incorporating LIGHT

Incorporating the LIGHT Initiative into your school is super easy! Just follow the steps below.

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Phase 1: Create your Center...

Step 1: Leader

Find a motivated teacher to lead your school’s LIGHT Education Initiative.

Step 2: Classroom

Designate a classroom as your new LIGHT Center, ideally one near the library.

Step 3: Decorate

Make your LIGHT Center look like a space for remembrance, research, art, and guest lectures.

Step 4: Relocate

Permanently move your existing Holocaust, genocide, and human rights-related courses to the classroom.  Have relevant after-school clubs begin to meet there. The students in those classes and clubs will help run the Center’s programs and events.

Step 5: Share

Find a way to share the space among your colleagues, maybe with your school’s computer lab or library sign-up program.  

Step 6: Celebrate!

Have your students plan a “Grand Opening” event.

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Phase 2: Enhance your Center...

Step 1: Fundraise

Apply for grants, ask for in-district funding, reach out to local businesses and organizations, or utilize other methods of crowd-funding.

Step 2: Furniture

Get collaborative, mobile classroom furniture to allow for quick and easy reconfiguration.

Step 3: Technology

Introduce technology to the Center for research, community outreach, and event planning.

Step 4: Art

Frame art, paint murals, get display cases - give students a place to proudly display their finest work.

Step 5: Media

Create an online presence through social media and your school’s web page.

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Phase 3: Plan sustainably...

Step 1: Organize

Schedule community educational events (e.g. evening Holocaust remembrance programs, refugee or cultural appreciation events, immigration art shows.)

Step 2: Take Action

Create new student leadership opportunities through independent studies, and have those students work toward innovative educational approaches to the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights.

Step 3: Educate

Organize community lecture series or online course offerings, e.g. “The Holocaust” or “Human Rights Violations and Genocide”

Step 4: Integrate

Cross-curricular LIGHT integration (following the STEM/STEAM model).

Step 5: Archive

Create school district digital archives of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights local survivor testimonies, lectures, and online courses.

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