October 29, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Linda Hooper will give the talk, "The Power of One," Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public, is part of the annual Kristallnacht commemoration at Bucknell.

Hooper was principal of the Whitwell Middle School in 1998 when students in David Smith's history class decided to collect six million paper clips to help them visualize the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Students chose paper clips because Norwegian citizens wore them on their lapels as a silent sign of patriotism and resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

Their project resulted in a collection of 30 million paper clips and stories from Holocaust survivors and their families as well as a rail car used to transport prisoners to Nazi death camps.

This rail car holds the collection of paper clips and letters and serves as the cornerstone of the memorial in Whitwell, Tenn. More information about the project and the museum may be found at http://www.marionschools.org/holocaust/

The project also resulted in a documentary, "The Paper Clips Project," which will be shown Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg as part of the theatre's documentary film festival. For more information about the film, visit http://www.paperclipsmovie.com/

"The Paper Clips Project has been an affirmation of my beliefs that education is absolutely essential to change; that evil must be constantly battled by education; that everyone must study the past so that we do not forget nor repeat our mistakes; and that there is a higher power guiding our destiny," said Hooper, a public educator for 30 years.

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