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Once again, we wish to recognize Kevin Starr and the Student Council at Clarence Central Senior High School in Clarence, New York. Through the efforts of Mr. Starr and his students, over $298,000.00 has been raised and distributed over the past 19 years as a result of their “sleep out” to benefit the poor and homeless. What an incredible lesson in caring and community service. Thank you, Mr. Starr, for serving as such a wonderful role model for all of us!!! Create a “sleepout” in your own community.
We are proud to recognize Joyce Gutelius and her students for their meaningful and creative project. At the end of their unit on WWII, Mrs. Gutelius’s eighth grade students designed the butterfly pictured below. According to Mrs. Gutelius, “The butterfly, (a symbol of the holocaust) was made up of nearly 2,000 dots. Each dot has the names of children on them who lost their lives during the Holocaust. The names were taken from the internet and pages of testimony submitted to Yad Vashem ‘s Hall of Names. We will have it mounted and framed by our wood shop this summer and are asking the Holocaust Museum if they would like to show it near their wall of tiles.” We are honored to share this wonderful project on our web site.
Special thanks to Susan Yablon and Karen Arcidiacono of Colonial School District in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania for sharing their creative teaching ideas with the Klein Foundation. Susan and Karen utilized the Klein Foundation materials as a part of their 6-week extensive unit on Holocaust Studies. As a result of this unit, the students created a permanent exhibit in the main hallway of their school entitled “Words That Inspire- Actions That Make A Difference.” According to Susan, “Each of the 125 students on the eighth grade red team selected a Holocaust novel for independent reading. They began to question more deeply how something like this could ever happen. Students selected a meaningful quote from their readings that inspired their actions to make the world a better place… Our eighth graders, individually and in small groups, created projects to foster caring instead of intolerance.” An online survey of the students reveals that 90% of the students stated that the unit was “life changing.” We appreciate the talents and energy of these two creative educators and are grateful that they shared their story with all of us.
The Klein Foundation recognizes Diana Lewis of Chain of Lakes Middle School in Orlando, Florida for her continued support and creative teaching initiatives. Ms. Lewis and her students read and study Gerda Klein’s book each year and declare the first week of May as “Gerda Week.” According to Ms. Lewis, the students then “bring in donations to acknowledge Mrs. Klein’s birthday and remember the invaluable work of Kurt Klein as well.” We thank Diana Lewis and her students for their generosity and caring. What a meaningful way to recognize the Kleins and the work of the Foundation.
Special recognition goes to Carol McNally Hubbeling and her students from
Kelly Everding is an example of a master teacher bringing a unique and powerful understanding of the Holocaust to her students at Freeport
The Klein Foundation recognizes