ATLANTA (January 26, 2011) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) announced today that middle and high school students are eligible to enter the statewide annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education. The contests “What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?” began in 1995 and include Music for the first time this year.“These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history,” said Albers. “This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students. I encourage every student to take advantage of this important opportunity to blend their artistic talents with a fundamental understanding of how the tragic events of the Holocaust have shaped our world.”
The contests encourage students to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and the nature and repercussions of unchecked hate and prejudice. Winning students will be presented cash awards during the official State of Georgia Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust ceremony in the State Capitol Building in May 2011.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust provides quality character education programs throughout the State of Georgia. The Commission deals with hate speech, bullying and other issues concerning discrimination in today’s society.
Guidelines and the deadline for What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust Art, Writing and Music Contests can be found on the Commission’s website www.holocaust.georgia.gov or by calling (678) 839-6281.