The students with the memorial, autumn 2017.

On April 30, 2018, at 1:00 pm, a group of inspired 8th grade students from Meadows Valley School and their teacher Devon Barker-Hicks will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dorsey Warr Memorial Park in downtown New Meadows, noting the dedication of the Holocaust memorial they created last year. From Ms. Barker-Hicks:

When the Anne Frank memorial in Boise was vandalized Spring of 2017, our class took action. This is what gave our -at the time- seventh grade class, the idea for a memorial. During this time, we were reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

The vandalization came as a complete shock, and we were devastated. We felt as though it was necessary to educate more people about the oppression that happened during both The Holocaust and even today in modern times. We created a memorial out of basalt rock engraved with the quote, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” By Anne Frank.

Our class will be hosting a Holocaust WWII memorial and ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. We are inviting the whole community to join us on April 30th at 1 Pm in the New Meadows City Park.

Activities will include unveiling our memorial rock, guest and student speakers, Meadows Valley Band and the reception at The Historic P&IN Railway Depot. There will be refreshments, student displays, and the Upstander Exhibit.

In addition, the Depot will house the Upstander Exhibit from April 24th through May 5th. If you would like to to speak to a Depot Representative to book a tour, please call 208-420-9965. Thank you, Liliana Horn Krigbaum, Raynee Bentz, Emma Blanthorn, Sydney Weber, and 8th grade class.

Learn more about teacher Devon Barker-Hicks and the Holocaust memorial project she and her students created here.

About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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