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Local teacher follows Anne Frank's footsteps

April 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Michelle Ball, a teacher at Pierceton Elementary School, retraced the footsteps of Anne Frank and her family, thanks to a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant that she received last year.
Ball spent 47 days in Europe last summer. She traveled throughout Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, visiting places where Frank spent her life, and learning Jewish history dating back to the 12th century. She deepened her experiences there to further understand what makes the Holocaust such a tragic human event, as well as a distinct genocide.
Last fall, Ball taught an after-school class about Anne Frank’s life to fourth- and fifth-graders, and her current class is involved in an Auschwitz Memorial Project in conjunction with the Youth Services Bureau in Huntington.

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