Scholar Service Institute Students Visit Holocaust Museum

Scholar Service Institute Students Visit Holocaust Museum

Recently, the sophomore members of Saint Mary’s High School’s Scholar Service Institute visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove. In addition to expanding and exploring their leadership skills, participating in service to others and experiencing a demanding, college-level classroom environment as part of the Scholar Service Institute Program, students also take advantage of educational opportunities outside the classroom, such as the trip made annually by the sophomore members to the Holocaust Memorial. While there, the students received a tour of the museum, participated in workshops on prejudice and tolerance, and took part in small group discussions and activities on how to recognize and take action against all forms of injustice and bias, from bullying to genocide. The students also had the opportunity to hear firsthand detailed accounts of the Holocaust from survivor Werner Reich who took questions such as “How did you keep your faith through all that you went through?”, and “Do you still keep in touch with the remaining survivors?” from the students after his presentation.

Also, Acting Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder and Commanding Officer Inspector Gary S. Shapiro of the Nassau County Police Department were keynote speakers addressing the students on anti-bullying and hate crimes. Both spoke of their personal experiences, family and faith along with how they are working to combat injustices while raising awareness to students in particular.  In all, the message was clear to the students that there is no room for bullying in society and they ultimately can prevent it. Mr. Reich implored the students to “be responsible and think about the consequences that could have a negative impact on your future.”

Sophomore Jordan Chen noted that he thought the visit to the Holocaust Memorial “was a very interesting experience. Being able to listen to a survivor of the Holocaust firsthand was very educational, and I was moved listening to his story and what he lived through.” He said he also appreciated the discussions about how to recognize and combat hate crimes. “I learned that something that might not be offensive to me might be offensive to somebody else,” he stated.

During the visit, ABC 7 Eyewitness News reporter Stacy Sager was there to tape a segment on Mr. Reich and the atrocities he faced during the Holocaust. The story recently aired on the evening edition of Eyewitness News. The audience Mr. Reich was speaking to at the Tolerance Center is our SSI students, and can be viewed below.

News Segment

Students are invited to participate in the Scholar Service Institute based upon demonstrated commitment to academics and service while attending St. Mary’s High School. Under the direction of Mrs. Donna Hane, who is a full-time faculty member, students receive personal attention and guidance while participating in the leadership program. For more information, please call 627-2711 or E-mail