Makaylah Lucas burned paper to make it look aged, tied those pages together between pieces of cardboard and began writing a journal from the perspective of a Holocaust survivor.
The eighth-grader from Whiteland was writing about a Jewish teenager in Poland for an English class research project. The woman survived the Holocaust, but her parents and siblings died. Lucas remembered the Jewish girl’s story, which began when she was 13 and war broke out in Poland. Six years later, she was released from a prison camp.
“I learned that you should enjoy what we have. She didn’t have her parents to take care of her,” Lucas said. “She stayed strong and believed that things would get better, and they did.”