Annes story is very touching. Her story shows us show how living in a rough time like that can be hard and difficult. She shows us that even in bad times like WWII, there's always light at the end of the tunnel.

-Austin Mcbeth, Pennsylvania

About the Sapling Project Virtual Tree


Anne Frank drew solace and inspiration from looking out the attic window at the chestnut tree growing behind the Secret Annex. Share your voice alongside Anne’s by leaving a leaf here on the Sapling Project Virtual Tree.

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Olivia S. - Norfolk, Virginia

the beauty in something so simple reminds one of hope

-April 30, 2017

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Mrs. Higgins 8th Grade ELA class (green) - Norwell, Massachusetts

Our family bike bath located behind the Norwell Middle School was recently vandalized by immature people who used hateful symbols as a way to make a joke. We are not taking it as such as we are all horribly affected by this hateful crime. This smudge on the clean record of Norwell not only bashes our name, but our morals. But, we are working as one to turn this around into something beautiful and positive like Anne would have wanted. We want to spread that love and equality are above all and every race and religion deserves respect. We also hope that the people who committed the crimes, since they did not learn enough from Anne Frank’s diary, can learn from the situation itself and see how their actions affected the town.

-April 26, 2017

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Mrs. Higgins 8th Grade ELA class (orange) - Norwell, Massachusetts

Anne used to look out of her window and look to nature to feed her positivity and hope for the future. However, our town’s nature walk was blotted with evil when vandals over the weekend marked our once beautiful walking path with swastikas. This anti-semitic hate has affected all of us with disgust and shame. We hope that it was people who were just fooling around, ignorant of the severity and meaning of their graffiti, instead of hateful people who wanted to spread their close-minded views. But, even then, by joking about such a horrible blot in humanity’s history almost normalizes the hate, instead of abolishing it. As a town, we can only move on and channel Anne’s positivity by making this into an experience we can learn and grow from.

-April 26, 2017

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Mrs. Higgins 8th Grade ELA class (purple) - Norwell, Massachusetts

Anne Frank endured such a horrible experience, and her diary only gave a glimpse into the suffering of millions of other people like her. Trusting humanity to learn from this failed us over this past weekend when Norwell’s own walking path was vandalized with hateful swastikas. However, we can take some bad experiences and turn them into hope like Anne did and spread love from the hate. Norwell will not tolerate such behavior and hope that surrounding towns, states, and countries one day will know that hate has no place in not only education, but in the world. As not only people in our community, but people of the world should be able to stay optimistic about the morals of humanity if Anne could.

-April 26, 2017

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Mrs. Higgins 8th Grade ELA class (orange) - Norwell, Massachusetts

Earlier this month, a horrible tragedy occurred in our sleepy town. Our home was vandalized with hateful speech in one of our town's places where people look to the beauty of nature for tranquility. Swastika’s and inappropriate graffiti were spray painted onto the pavement of the pathway behind Norwell Middle School. It is shameful that people can put such hateful symbols so close to a place where hate is disparaged. However, we will turn this ugly incident into a beautiful conclusion with the spread of love and equality by our town. We can look back at Anne’s positive attitude that she upheld during her experience, and try to reflect her positivity in such a harrowing situation.

-April 26, 2017

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Mrs. Higgins 8th Grade ELA class (yellow) - Norwell, Massachusetts

Earlier this month, the pathway, commonly used for brisk walks or pleasant bike rides, was defaced by hateful vandalism, including anti-semitic symbols like swastikas. Norwell being a normally quiet town, has been associated with and disgusted by such abhorrence. However, this racism will not be tolerated by the majority of Norwell who do not support this prejudice. We will look on to the positivity that Anne had even after all of her suffering and ridicule thrown at her every day of her life and try to turn this incident into something beautiful. What we can only do now is work together to end all prejudice including anti-semitism in our town and hope that it can reflect to our surrounding communities and the world.

-April 26, 2017

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Ali - Chattanooga , Tennessee

By seeing the best in everyone and and at any thing

-April 25, 2017

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ana - Brentwood, California

I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I can't do anything to change events anyway.

-March 16, 2017

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Brooklyn - , California

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too."- Anne Frank That quote inspires me because everyone deserves to be happy. To make the world a better place is by making other people happy. Let other people to make you happy too.

-March 16, 2017

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Dylan - Brentwood, California

Anne Frank tried to make the best of the situation she was in. In the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" she was very opinionated and argued quite a bit. This encourages me to help others by standing by my beliefs and opinions, because when everyone can stand up for their own ideas, people are free.

-March 16, 2017

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