In a special assembly on Monday, September 21, students of the HAFTR Middle School were joined by 30 students from the Lawrence Middle School to hear about the Names Not Numbers Project. The project was conceived of by Mrs. Tova Fish Rosenberg, renowned Jewish educator. This Holocaust memorial project as it is done at HAFTR Middle School is unique in its outreach to the Lawrence community at large. All of the students who take part in this project learn about tolerance, acceptance of diversity, and the celebration of multiculturalism. Dr. Rochelle Brand, principal of the HAFTR Middle School, opened the program with three lessons: Be strong in your faith and values, actively do good deeds, and fight evil. Dr. Brand reminded the students: “Evil occurs when good men do nothing,” and so it is incumbent on each and every one to learn from the past to create a better future. Dr. Gary Schall, Lawrence district superintendent, spoke to the assembly as well, saying that this may be one of the most important educational opportunities our students can have. Principal Willis Perry of the Lawrence Middle School also spoke to the students about the impact that this partnership will have on these young adults as they become leaders of the next generation.
The 2015—16 Names Not Numbers Holocaust Memorial Documentary is scheduled to be shown to the public on June 2, 2016, culminating a school year of research, oral history, written biographies, and filming and editing techniques, all done by the students.