We began "Be the Difference - Never Again" to inspire people to take action in their lives to help others. Our focus is on events in history that demonstrate the power an individual has to make a difference in someone's life.
Robbie Shackelford has been the director of the Harding University Semester Abroad Program in Florence, Italy since 1990. The curriculum includes visits to the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial as a way to learn about a piece of World War II history and to pay their respects on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Jackie Herman is the Principal, Head of School Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, Connecticut. Together with Michal Smart and the rest of her staff, she is using examples of how individuals made a choice to help others as part of a recurring theme in the school and community. The students believe that learning about indviduals who served should be included in the curriculum of all schools.
"Be the Difference - Never Again" arranged for the 7th grade students to meet with Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut during their visit to Washington, D.C.
Liliana Iafrate and Patrizia Faraoni* are professors at IIS Alessandro Volta High School, Lodi, (Milan) Italy. They take their students to visit Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria as part of Holocaust education. They compare those deported with those that were hidden by people willing to risk their lives to save others.
*Professor Faraoni's mother, Mercedes Virgili Faraoni is honored at Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations for helping to save the life of Charlotte Fullenbaum Hauptman and her parents. She was also give the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 2014 and had a private audience with Pope Francis in 2015.