Trunks of Hope
The Florida Holocaust Museum has launched its 5th Annual Trunks of Hope online campaign to provide Teaching Trunks to educators in the state of Florida and nationwide free of charge to allow its message of hope to reach even more students. In addition, Trunks of Hope campaign donors are eligible to win free box seat tickets (with dinner and beverage included) to attend the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox game on September 20th!
The FHM believes that educating children about the past is the first step to creating a world without hate. The FHM’s Teaching Trunks are offered free of charge to teachers. The materials inside have been carefully selected to make sure they are appropriate for students at every grade level from first grade through twelfth grade.
Although Holocaust education is required throughout the state of Florida, not all teachers have the proper materials to educate their students. In light of current events, The Florida Holocaust Museum’s goal to bring Holocaust resources to the state of Florida is more vital than ever before. The FHM’s Teaching Trunks ensure that teachers and students are receiving relevant, factual curriculum and updated resources about the Holocaust.
Last year, The FHM’s Teaching Trunks traveled throughout the state of Florida reaching approximately 10,000 students. Additionally, The FHM’s trunks traveled to six states outside of Florida, reaching over 1,000 additional students.
The FHM’s Trunks of Hope were developed to teach about the Holocaust, and combat hate and prejudice today. These trunks are designed to give students tangible tools to make their schools, their communities, and the world a better place. These large Teaching Trunks are designed to accommodate the needs of one class or a team of teachers. To date, more than one million students have learned the importance of standing up against bigotry and hate through these trunks.
Teaching Trunks are filled with materials educators can use to help teach their students about the Holocaust, other genocides and character education – books, videos, maps, diaries, photos, artwork, guidelines, lesson plans and more. The Museum sends Teaching Trunks free of charge to any educator in the contiguous United States who would like one. If you’d like to know more about the Teaching Trunks or if you are a teacher who would like to request one for their classroom, click here.
Be sure to follow the hashtag #TrunksofHope on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see where hope is being spread next. If you would like to support The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Teaching Trunks program, you can do so using the form below.