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A DeLaSalle Theology teacher has been honored for her work educating students about the Holocaust.

The Jewish Community Relations Council will recognize Peg Hodapp with the Leo Weiss Courage to Teach award at the Twin Cities Holocaust Remembrance Day celebration on Thursday, April 8. This year’s event will be held virtually at 7:00pm. The award annually recognizes one educator who goes beyond the requirements of curriculum to teach and inspire young people about the lessons of the Holocaust.

In nominating her for the award, Principal Jim Benson praised Hodapp for her ability “to bring students to the margins and have them lean in and see beyond themselves by exploring social justice topics that motivate students to share their hearts with the world.” Hodapp regularly invites speakers from the Jewish Community Relations Council into her Faith & Society classes in the unit she teaches about race, racism, stereotypes, and prejudices. The speakers share their family stories of Holocaust survivors.

The Courage to Teach award was named in memory of Leo Weiss, a Holocaust survivor who encouraged students to remain hopeful for the future in the face of adversity. He also believed that students should see themselves not as victims of their circumstances, but empowered to leave their mark on this earth through hard work and compassion for others.