White Rose Essay Contest Winners

Featured Partner: Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE)

Each month, we feature the current needs of a local community organization. Listed below are ways to support the important work of MCHE. If you have any questions or to make a donation, please contact Beatrice Fine.

· $100 pays for staffing the resource center after hours for two nights – This allows visitors with no daytime availability to access the MCHE resource center. Their evening resource assistant, a media specialist at Harmony Middle School and a member of MCHE’s teaching cadre, is available by appointment on Wednesday evenings. She catalogs new books and keeps the library system in order.

· $250 covers MCHE's web hosting for one year – In addition to descriptions of public events, mchekc.org includes testimonies by local Holocaust survivors, curriculum units, podcasts of community lectures, Facebook postings, and links to other reputable sites.

· $600 pays for the annual renewal of MCHE’s library software which allow them to inventory their holdings and track loans of materials.

· MCHE would also appreciate patrons ($1,000) and supporters ($500) for next year’s free film series. These events draw new audiences to the work of MCHE and raise awareness about the Holocaust and MCHE's mission. With underwriting, they are able to offer the films and refreshments at no cost, which, based on follow-up evaluations from last year, is a major factor in attracting audiences of 100 or more for each program. Though MCHE's relationships with several colleges and universities, students often attend as well.  Each film is introduced and contextualized by their public historian, who in her own right, is garnering her own following.

· $2,500 will fund a traveling poster exhibit from the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center in New York.  MCHE has contracted for three of their 20 available exhibits in the past. They require no curatorial assistance beyond MCHE's staff and can be displayed in a variety of venues.  This amount covers rental, shipping, and promotional materials.

· White Rose Student Essay Contest – up to $7,500. Donors making grants of at least $2,500 will be recognized as sponsors/co-sponsors for the 2017-2018 contest.  Now in its 22nd year, the contest is open to 8th-12th grade students from eastern Kansas through western Missouri. Contestants are required to research and reflect on a different document-based theme each year. Approximately 50-60 volunteer judges evaluate the entries. Finalists and their sponsoring teachers are honored at a reception each May where the top winners are announced and awarded cash prizes. Resource collections are donated to the schools represented by the first place winner in each division (8-9/10-12). 

 

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