Write about the Holocaust and win a scholarship...and much more.

Graduating seniors: speak out on the Holocaust

Applications are now being taken for this year’s Aloise and Marie Goldmann scholarship, awarded to a graduating Idaho high school senior (or home school graduate) who plans to attend an Idaho college or university in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Applicants are to write an essay or research paper on a specific aspect of the Holocaust. The award is a one time prize of about $1,200.

Idaho residents, George and Mary Freund, established the Goldmann scholarship in memory of George Freund’s grandparents who were murdered at Auschwitz in 1944.

The purpose of the Goldmann scholarship is to promote greater understanding of the Holocaust among Idaho high school and home school students.

The winner of the scholarship will have the opportunity to light a candle at Boise Holocaust Rememberance events April 21, will receive an autographed copy of Gerda Weissmann Klein's book “All But My Life” and an autographed copy of the DVD “Make Injustice Visible: The Rose Beal Story,” donated by the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.

The deadline for applications and essays to be postmarked is April 1, 2009.

For more information or to get a copy of the scholarship application, contact Jane Freund at goldmannscholarship@gmail.com or 208-407-7457 or the Idaho Community Foundation at 208-342-3535.

Have you seen the Lewis Hine child labor photo exhibition yet?

The exhibition, 55 stunning black and white photographs, is hosted by the Idaho Historical Museum through April.

It features images that are disturbing — tiny children operating machinery in the middle of the night, et al — even as they are beautiful — the children and the art.

Anyone interested in labor issues, or historical photographs should not miss this show.

I wrote about the exhibition a few weeks back, and heard from Joe Manning, a man who lives and works on the East Coast, and has been researching the lives of the actual children captured in Hine’s photographs.

NPR interviewed Manning about his work. To hear that interview, or find out more about what Manning has discovered about Hine’s young subjects, link to his website, the “Lewis Hine Project” home page.

Idaho Department of Labor earns national recognition for their work on disability issues

Congratulations are due to the department, whose “Disability Program Navigator,” has earned kudos from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, which labeled Idaho’s initiative one of the most effective in the country.

The Disability Program Navigator project began two years ago thanks to a $1 million federal grant. Gordon Graff, quoted in a story I wrote recently about people with disabilities in the workplace, the project placed department staffers in local offices throughout the state to assist people with disabilities navigate complex jobs programs.

Get dirty with your friendly DIRT Clods

United Way’s team of brave dirt clodders, those volunteers willing to venture into the nastiest jobs around, are offering up a March project that’s dirty, but in a very good way.

Have a free lunch hour on Monday to help clean up a lot to be transformed into a community garden for the Idaho Office for Refugees? Show up with tools and be prepared to dig, remove nasty shrubs and more.

It all happens at noon at the Alumbaugh Garden: 410 Allumbaugh St., Boise.
Reserve your spot here.

Note, this project is a continuation of a project on the site, which will help double the garden space that refugees and others started working with last year.

Last year's gardening was a great success, sending beautiful Roma tomatoes to be sold at local farmers' markets, for example, and adding fresh vegetables to many local tables.

Am I a dirt clod if I write about the Holocaust?

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