Anne Frank award for caring Miss
July 25, 2008
A teacher has won a prestigious award for her work educating children about the holocaust.
Samantha Hunt, assistant headteacher at Sandhurst School, was awarded an Anne Frank Award last week.
Anne was a young Jewish girl whose diaries of her time in Nazi-run Amsterdam have provided inspiration over the years. She died in a concentration camp.
Mrs Hunt, 40, was also commended for raising cash for victims of the Rwandan genocide and linking the school with orphans in the African country.
The award, one of just two given to teachers in the UK this year, celebrates anyone who is thought to have lived up to Anne Frank’s words: “It only takes a moment to start to improve the world.”
Mrs Hunt said: “It’s a huge privilege to win this award. I feel very unworthy, it’s a great honour.”
The day after she received the award, Mrs Hunt was taken to Amsterdam with other winners of awards, for a tour around Anne Frank’s house. Mrs Hunt added: “The highlight of the trip was seeing the house where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years.
“I couldn’t have lasted two days in there, let alone two years.”
Born and bred in Sandhurst, Mrs Hunt has worked at the Owlsmoor Road school since 1992.
She won Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award for the south of England in 2001.