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The Pittsburgh Willesden Lane Read

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Watch this short video for information about the project: https://vimeo.com/239221718

Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) is proud to announce the 2018 Pittsburgh Willesden Lane Read.

We aim to impact well over 10,000 students with this project and would like to invite all schools and districts in the Greater Pittsburgh area to participate.

Why 10,000? Please read the description of the program below.

About The Children of Willesden Lane:

The Willesden Lane Read is a program inspired by the book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Based on a true story, The Children of Willesden Lane is a riveting account of the tale of Lisa Jura, a young Austrian pianist during World War II. With Nazi armies advancing on pre-war Vienna, Lisa's parents secured a spot for her on the Kindertransport--an organized effort that sent 10,000 Jewish children to the United Kingdom in the months leading up to the outbreak of the war.

The book is multi-faceted in its use, serving as an engaging and inspiring entry point into Holocaust studies or enhancing existing Holocaust education. Furthermore, Lisa Jura's story addresses universal themes of hope, resilience and determination in the midst of unthinkable adversity, making it a comprehensive and resonant work for students from all backgrounds.

What is the Willesden Lane Read?

Watch this short video for information about the project: https://vimeo.com/239221718

The Willesden Lane Read was the creative brainchild of Mona Golabek, daughter of the book's protagonist, Lisa Jura. The program travels across the United States, aiming to reach 10,000 students in each city. As part of The Read, students are given a copy of The Children of Willesden Lane, which they read as part of their school coursework. Golabek, who is both a recording artist and celebrated concert pianist, then brings her one woman show, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, to each city to perform for participating students and teachers.

This program brings the book to life, connecting students and communities, while highlighting the importance of studying the Holocaust, especially in light of the continuing humanitarian and refugee crises around the world.

Teacher training/Curriculum will be provided by CWB in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves.

How Pittsburgh Schools Can Participate:

CWB aims to support at least 10,000 students in the Greater Pittsburgh area to participate in The Read in the Fall of 2018. The program should begin in September or October and will culminate in November when Mona Golabek will tour Pittsburgh and perform for the participating schools. This timing is meaningful as November 2018 will mark the 80th year of the Kindertransport rescue operation, as well as the month of Kristallnacht that led to the transport's beginnings.

Please contact us to schedule a time to meet with you so that we may include your schools in this once in a lifetime enrichment opportunity. Full funding for public school districts is available.

About CWB

This program aligns with Classrooms Without Borders' mission to enhance Holocaust studies in schools, as well as to provide experiential continuing education opportunities for educators. At CWB, we believe the arts are an effective medium for allowing students to understand and internalize the lessons of the our past.

With resonant Holocaust education, we aim to empower students to become champions of human rights, learning to identify prejudice, bigotry and bullying--all precursors of systematic discrimination and ethnic cleansing. By bringing programs like The Willesden Lane Read to Pittsburgh, we can continue our mission of opening minds and opening hearts, one educator and one student at a time.

For more information about the book, The Children of Willesden Lane and The Read : https://holdontoyourmusic.org/index.html

For more information and to participate: Contact Melissa Haviv melissa@classroomswithoutborders.org

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of Classrooms Without Borders. For questions or to make requests for special accommodations contact robin@classroomswithoutborders.org