District 202 students get unique history lessons “on wheels”
Sometimes it’s hard to get to a museum. So, District 202 brought the museum to its schools.
The Mobile Museum of Tolerance (MMOT) is visiting all seven District 202 middle schools and Plainfield High School – Central Campus and Plainfield East High School between November 8-19, 2021 to share important history lessons and information.
The MMOT is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum. Wiesenthal was a prisoner in five Nazi concentration camps during World War II. He dedicated his life after the war to search for and legally prosecute Nazi criminals, and to promote Holocaust memory and education.
MMOT organizers originally approached District 202 in spring 2021, but students were not yet back in school full time. Instead, the district arranged for the MMOT to visit schools this fall.
The Museum is a bus-sized traveling exhibit that provides three programs for middle and high school-age students focusing on:
- Civil Rights
- The Anne Frank Story
- The Power of Ordinary People (explores how “ordinary people” can create/sustain positive change AND enforce hate and violence.)
Students will visit the Museum as part of their social studies and history classes when it’s parked at their schools.
“We are proud to present this unique opportunity for our students to learn about a significant part of history that continues to resonate almost 80 years later,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lane Abrell.
“Its content fits with our work to increase and improve understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for everyone,” Abrell said.