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10332925_10152368828636438_466611758_o 10335664_10152368830911438_1846018544_n 10322985_10152368831511438_1420982944_n 10320090_10152368825426438_695259364_o 10323647_10152368825501438_461555935_o 729134_10152368826016438_1196212581_o 729090_10152368826031438_1935462957_o I’m taking my reporter hat off for a bit because I want to tell you about a group of people that I care deeply about, the Case Eagle Theater Club at J.I. Case High School.

They used to be called the Conflict Resolution Crew, the name changed… I’m not sure why. But it doesn’t really matter.

My daughter, Katheryn Faith, was in this group when she was in high school a few years ago and I can tell you that I am completely impressed by the power of what they do and I will always be their biggest fan.

Headed up by Nancy Gibson, I can tell you that she is the real deal and played a key role in helping Katheryn through some pretty rough stuff. I could go on for hours about my kid, but this isn’t about her.

So, Nancy has high standards and expectations, a witty sense of humor, an unyielding willingness to engage her students by helping them become leaders, and she cares…  a lot.

And the kids she works with are amazing human beings because they are becoming leaders. They do this in a variety of ways, but one of them is through their Break the Hate Habit Workshops where they help other students through peer mentoring and team building activities.

Now the kids have really neat opportunity available to them. They are going to the International Youth Meeting House in Dachau, Germany where they are going to participate in an international youth event to study the holocaust and they have offered to lead a Break the Hate Habit workshop.

“Our goal is to share the workshop with not only participants.. but the friends, staff and students of our international students so that when we leave.. they can do the workshop without us,” Gibson said. “This is such a monumentus thing for these kids and their families in both countries.”

Gibson told me that she has held Skype sessions with the participants from Germany and the U.S. They are working with a woman named Sabine Bernold from Rufus King High School, who is German. She is part of the German American Partnership Program.

So far the group has earned $12,000 and they have $13,000 left to raise. They are still doing fundraising for the project. If you’d like to help out, they have started a fund-raising effort on Gofundme,com.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.