Middle school class collects paperclips in Holocaust lesson
PASCO, Wash. - A local middle school is collecting millions of paper clips to understand the impact of the Holocaust.
The 8th grade classroom at McLoughlin Middle School is collecting these paper clips this February to represent the six million Jewish lives that were lost during the Holocaust.
Language Arts teacher Jennifer Wakeman said her two classes recently started studying the Holocaust unit and students are partaking in the Paper Clip Project to help them understand the number of lives impacted.
"That's a lot of people, and that's a lot of lives, and that's a lot of family-- a lot of sons, daughters that have died just because they believed in something," said student and project participant Harlee Hollibaugh.
Students will showcase this project during the "Museum of Hope", an event held at the school each year.
Wakeman said many local businesses donated to this cause, including the Tri-City Americans.
The Tri-City Americans are hosting a paper clip drive during their Saturday game at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Wakeman is encouraging folks to stop by their table and drop off some paperclips to help the class reach their goal.
You can also drop off paper clips at McLoughlin Middle School, 2803 N Rd 88, Pasco, WA 99301.