In April, sixth grade students traveled to the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte to take part in The Butterfly Project. The Butterfly Project was created to remember the past, act responsibly in the present, and promote a more peaceful future. This project teaches the lessons of the Holocaust and what can happen when prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination are allowed to flourish. The ultimate goal is to help students understand how their role in society can promote acceptance and understanding.
Each butterfly created was in memory of one of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust. No names are repeated. Since 2008, over 36,000 butterflies have been created at the Levine Jewish Community Center. While creating the butterflies, each child’s name was spoken out loud. It’s possible that this name had not been said since the child was alive.
The butterflies that were created are on display in the display case at the front of the school. The teachers and students worked very hard on this project and it has deep meaning that will stay with students for a lifetime.