Holodomor mobile classroom makes Park pit stops
Published on: April 30, 2019 | Last Updated: April 30, 2019 10:23 AM EDT
A high-tech bus that teaches kids about a dark chapter in world history made a pair of stops in Sherwood Park and captivated local students.
The Holodomor Mobile Classroom is generally aimed at high school students, but it made a special stop at St. Theresa Catholic School to teach the Grade 5’s and 6’s about the genocide last week.
“I am impressed by the students. The first thing was the Grade 6 class in the morning and then the Grade 5 class. It is a very deep topic and a serious topic, but hearing the instructors saying the students did really well affirms the teachers did a great job preparing them for the subject matter,” said Lesia Pohoreski, the Grade 7 and 8 Ukrainian teacher at St. Theresa and program lead. “This is the first time the bus has been in our parking lot, but I took my students to it at ABJ two years ago.”
Holodomor is a combination of two Ukrainian words; Holod, meaning hunger, and moryty, meaning slow, cruel death. It is used to refer to the millions of Ukrainians who died in 1932-1933 of famine that was imposed by Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime.
The high-tech bus, including its 12 4K screens, had students enthralled.