THANK YOU! We achieved (and surpassed) our $2,500 fundraising goal for #GivingTuesday! With the gift match from NMAJH Trustee Mimi and her husband Alan Schneirov, the total amount raised is over $5,000! Thanks to you all of this year's #GivingTuesday donors who have made it possible for the Traveling Suitcase program to reach and enrich more classrooms -- breaking down the museum walls and bringing immigration stories to students across the United States.
NMAJH’s 2014 #GivingTuesdayPHL Project:
The Museum is developing a dynamic educational program,
“Becoming American,” that will help us share stories of
immigration with public and parochial school students. The Traveling Suitcase, a centerpiece of the "Becoming American" program, is filled with authentic and museum-quality reproduction artifacts, documents and
photographs and supported by visual and audio resources, the Traveling Suitcase will provide classrooms with hands-on materials and cross-curricular
lesson plans that address many state and national curriculum standards in
creative ways. Participation in the Traveling Suitcase program will grant
students from all over the United States unimpeded access to primary source
materials and will help them develop research and higher order discussion and
thinking skills. Furthermore, the program will invite students of all
backgrounds to celebrate their own heritages, family histories, and traditions.
See the impact of the Traveling Suitcase on both teachers and their students.
What is #GivingTuesday?
The idea is simple: we have Thanksgiving for giving thanks and other days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday for getting deals; #GivingTuesday is a special day for giving back. This year, on December 2, individuals, communities, and organizations will band together in a grassroots way to give in many forms. The #GivingTuesday concept began in 2012 thanks to the efforts of the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is launching its own initiative where you can help bring the Museum experience directly to elementary classrooms across the country.