Some North Clay Middle School students wanted to hear Eva Kor talk about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Eighth grade English teachers Kay Harper, Delilia Brown and Cathy Anderson all had each of their classes spend a week studying the book "Anne Frank" and the Holocaust.
Team Nobles of the sixth grade had studied Kor's book, "Echoes from Auschwitz". They also wanted to hear Kor, who charges a fee of $1,000 for her speeches. The whole school decided to work together to get her to Brazil.
Rob Denker, the foreign language teacher said there was several hundred dollars in the foreign language club fund. Since there will be no foreign language offered next year the club is disbanded. So Denker gave the money to the Kor project. Some of the staff at the school donated some money, also. But the kids went to work.
There were several hat days where any student could wear a hat in school all day for $1.00. Eighth graders Dannielle Bower, Kayla Nevins, Bree Traverse, Mercedes Ward and Trinity Eldridge painted students' faces for a dollar each and collected $65.
Sam Spencer, Katelynn Houge, Andrea James and Sheila Spencer had a bake sale and collected $166. And the students donated and kept donating. They ended up not only with the $1,000 for the speaking fee, but also enough to give $700 to Kor for the CANDLES Holocaust museum renovation. The museum was destroyed by an arsonist last year.
There were 385 students who attended the presentation. Harper asked all of the kids who had helped raise the money to stand. An estimated 90 percent of the students stood.
Kor applauded them all.
"I'm so proud of you," she said. "You're such a small group and you've accomplished so much. When we open the new museum, you'll see what your money helped do. If you care this much, I'm not worried about the future."