April 25, 2018

HCMS 6th graders seek community support of ‘Paper Clip Project’

(Franklin) — Heard County Middle School language arts students have been focusing on a unit titled “Rising Up From Hate: Equality For All.”

The majority of this study was focused on the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Students have been involved in several activities while completing this topic.

Sixth Grade Language Arts Teachers Laura Farmer and Joyce Arp designed this unit of study by researching the topics and locating relevant novels for their students to read.

Media Specialist Glovis South secured the Holocaust Trunk from West Georgia RESA. This trunk is a treasure trove of material about the Holocaust.

“The Paper Clip Project” is one artifact that caught the attention of teachers. Milton, Tennessee is a small town about the size of Franklin. While studying the Holocaust, students at a middle school in Milton discovered that 6 million people were killed during the Holocaust.

Molly McRae, Jeremy Wilson, and Taylor Vinson add paper clips to the 6th Grade 'Paper Clip Project.'

(L-R) Molly McRae, Jeremy Wilson, and Taylor Vinson add paper clips to the 6th Grade ‘Paper Clip Project.’

The number seemed impossible to comprehend, so they began looking for a way to represent this number. One of the students suggested collecting paper clips.

It took Milton students three years to reach their goal and that made a real impact on Ms. Arp’s students. They realized they could not collect 6 million paper clips by the end of school, so they decided to collect 77,000 paper clips in memory of French Jews who were killed during the Holocaust.

To date, they have collected around 3,000 paper clips. They need the support of the Franklin community.

To support sixth graders and this project, send paper clips to Ms. Arp at 269 Old Field Road, Franklin, GA 30217 or drop them by the school’s front office.

“They would love for you to visit,” said Ms. Arp. “Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. This will be a great project in which we can all participate.”


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