Incorporating the LIGHT Initiative into your school is super easy! Just follow the steps below.
Find a motivated teacher to lead your school’s LIGHT Education Initiative.
Designate a classroom as your new LIGHT Center, ideally one near the library.
Make your LIGHT Center look like a space for remembrance, research, art, and guest lectures.
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.
Find a way to share the space among your colleagues, maybe with your school’s computer lab or library sign-up program.
Have your students plan a “Grand Opening” event.
Apply for grants, ask for in-district funding, reach out to local businesses and organizations, or utilize other methods of crowd-funding.
Get collaborative, mobile classroom furniture to allow for quick and easy reconfiguration.
Introduce technology to the Center for research, community outreach, and event planning.
Frame art, paint murals, get display cases - give students a place to proudly display their finest work.
Create an online presence through social media and your school’s web page.
Schedule community educational events (e.g. evening Holocaust remembrance programs, refugee or cultural appreciation events, immigration art shows.)
Create new student leadership opportunities through independent studies, and have those students work toward innovative educational approaches to the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights.
Organize community lecture series or online course offerings, e.g. “The Holocaust” or “Human Rights Violations and Genocide”
Cross-curricular LIGHT integration (following the STEM/STEAM model).
Create school district digital archives of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights local survivor testimonies, lectures, and online courses.
We know you have a story to tell.