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On June 12, 2009, 2nd and 3rd grade students from Open Magnet Charter School visited the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) and the Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves (FOFFO) exhibit as the culmination of a yearlong project on diversity. Under the leadership of teacher Anne Granick, students learned about the heritage and history of Chinese Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, African Americans, Irish Americans and Korean Americans. The students’ cultural histories and artifacts were on display in the Museum throughout the week.
Teacher Anne Granick said, “The partnership between the MOT and our school is invaluable. We have been bringing students to the Museum for the past 5 years. FOFFO is a real summary of everything we have studied this year. For students to see their artwork on display in a real museum is a great source of pride. It is an unforgettable experience for them to teach others about respecting differences which is what they have learned all year long.”
One of the projects included individual, hand-made books where the students were asked to write their own verses for ‘America the Beautiful’. One student wrote ‘America, America the stars are shining bright. Help kids be green. Be kind not mean. Let children be your light’.