(13.12.2001 , United States, HOUSTON )
Holocaust Museum Houston's Educational Program Continues to Grow

Holocaust Museum Houston’s major educational outreach program, the Curriculum Trunk Program, continues to grow in popularity and usage among teachers across the United States. The program has now expanded from 95 to 104 trunks, with plans to add even more. Each trunk contains all the necessary materials to help educators teach the history and the lessons of the Holocaust.

Last year, the trunks made it to 87 schools in 37 states. This year, the program saw tremendous new use, with trunks in 195 schools in 33 states.

The extensive teacher training sessions accompanying the program have been funded by a generous contribution from Duke Energy. That donation of $102,762 allows the Museum’s education staff to travel to schools around the country, instructing educators on the best use of the materials contained in the trunks.

“The underwriting of our Teacher Training Program is so important since the training ensures that students get the full benefit of the Curriculum Trunk Program,” said Susan Llanes-Myers, the Museum’s director of education. “We ship trunks all over the country, and that requires training all over the country. We provide everything free of charge to minimize the barriers, and we couldn’t do that without the generous support of good corporate citizens like Duke Energy.”

The trunks are also stocked and shipped free of charge. Each trunk is sponsored, with a contribution of $4,000 required to purchase a trunk and all the materials and ship it for one year. Anyone interested in sponsoring a trunk can contact the Development Department at 713-942-8000, extension 121. Educators interested in ordering a trunk can contact Sebastian Banks, the trunk coordinator, at or call 713-942-8000, extension 205.

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