THE LEAF PROJECT

Of the 6 million Jews who perished, 1.5 million were children.
Tens of thousands of Romani/Gypsy children,
German children with disabilities living in institutions,
Polish children living in occupied Soviet Union.
Mere children.

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Our Leaf Project curriculum incorporates lessons drawn from the Holocaust to help children recognize prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. By collecting one individualized leaf at a time from their students, the Leaf Project enables teachers in all kinds of classrooms inspire tolerance and appreciation of diversity, courage and heroism, and responsibility – through interactive learning.

BE A PART OF THIS MEANINGFUL PROJECT.  
DECORATE A LEAF FOR EACH CHILD LOST IN THE HOLOCAUST.
HELP FILL OUR VERMONT LANDSCAPE WITH FUTURE HOPE.


 Why leaves?

We - at the Vermont Holocaust Memorial - chose leaves to populate this landscape as a metaphor for family.
The leaves are our children....our hope...our life dream. 
Leaves fall and scatter their seed. The seed takes root. The roots grow trees. The trees bear new leaves.  And - the cycle of life continues.

Imagine a landscape where all the trees have been cut down....uprooted?
Imagine a future without our trees?


The Leaf Project can be implemented in -

  • Public and private schools
  • Home schooling
  • Religious organizations
  • Youth groups
  • 4-H
  • Scout programs
  • Camps
  • Art classes
  • … Anywhere young people are taught ethics and good citizenship. 

Follow our progress as we count to 1.5 million.
Check out our recommended lesson plans.


excerpted from "The Outside World" by Tovah Mirvis
Think of the parts of a tree
a leaf that becomes a twig
which becomes a branch
which becomes a trunk
which becomes roots
which become the ground
and then the earth
and then the whole world. 

 


What we remember, can shape our future.
How we remember, will shape our lives.