Special Events

The Holocaust Stamps Project 3rd Annual OPEN HOUSE

Save the Date! Sunday, April 30, 2017

You’re Invited to VIEW Our Holocaust Stamps Project COLLAGES!

Join us in the Media Center here at Foxborough Regional Charter School for this school wide, community wide event open to the Public.  Special Guest Speaker – TBD

Where: 131 Central Street, Foxborough, MA 02035; FRCS Media Center/Library

Time: 1:00 – 3:00PM

We would like to thank our donors, volunteers and the community and share with you our progress! The Project has received donations from all over the globe – to date about 81% of the stamps needed to reach our goal have been received! Remarkable progress has been made towards reaching the goal of collecting 11 million postage stamps. Every stamp that the students touch brings them one step closer to understanding the immediate impact and long term effects of the intolerance and incomprehensible evil acts of the Third Reich during World War II.

Donations gratefully accepted to support the continuing work of Foxborough Regional Charter School, a Foxborough-based school initiative supporting tolerance, diversity and acceptance. Please RSVP via email at outreach@foxboroughrcs.org if you will be joining us for our 3rd Annual HSP Open House. Your response will help us better prepare for your arrival. Feel free to share this information with others you feel may be interested.

Special Donors Continue to Give

In January 2014, representatives from the Olde Boston Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII  Century arrived in period costume to personally deliver their stampdonation for the Holocaust Stamps Project.  The mission of their organization is “to aid in the education of the youth of our country”.

Wearing her red cape, Ellen McGrath, President of the local chapter which is based in Norwood , wearing her nurses cape member Carol Sansone and in the blue and yellow dress member Saundra O’Malley from Westwood were amazed  to see how large our stamps collection had grown since their last visit. They were very impressed with the newly completed Holocaust-related stamps collages, and the students they met.

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Holocaust Survivor Speaks at 2013 FRCS Community Event 

Student Katelyn Caradonna introduced Ms. Applefield Singer to the audience.

FRCS student Katelyn Caradonna introduced Ms. Applefield Singer to the audience.

Janet Singer Applefield brought her personal story of survival to Foxborough Regional Charter School on April 3, 2013. More than 150 attended her evening presentation.

Her pale blond hair and green eyes made her look more like a typical Aryan child than a Polish Jew. During World War II, the Nazis killed many in her immediate and extended family, including her mother and baby sister. Janet was the only Jewish child, from her home town of Nowy Targ, Poland  to survive the Holocaust.

Her appearance at FRCS was co-sponsored by Boston 3G, a Boston-based group for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

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Following Ms. Applefield’s appearance, guests were invited to work on two new stamps collages underway: L’Zachor- To Remember and To never Forget and I Am the Last Witness. FRCS students will continue working on these two artworks as part of their Student Life and Community Service Learning activities.

Student Emily Graves presented our guest with an original sketch inspired by a photograph of Ms. Applefield Singer as a young girl, walking with her father, which she’d found posted online at http://www.janetapplefield.com/pictures.html. She completed the artwork in Ms. Meg Swanson’s studio art class.

 

 

Local Historian Tours FRCS, Donates to Holocaust Stamps Project 

Recently FRCS greeted New England Newspaper and Press Association, Hall of Fame member Jack Authelet and his wife Marge.  They brought with them several meaningful donations and toured our campus.  They asked thoughtful questions and shared stories about the stamps they were donating, collected by friends and family.

In his retirement Mr. Authelet is serving as the Historian for the Town of Foxborough. Jack AutheletAfter reading a recent article by Christine Igo Freeman in The Foxboro Reporter, Mr. & Mrs. Authelet selected FRCS as the recipient for the following donations:

  • Stamp Collection
  •  Writings by Mr. Authelet
  • Souvenirs from the U. S. Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C.

Click here to read Mr. Authelet’s article “Eye Witness to History – Irma Geissler Harrington” an inspiring, moving life story about an amazing resident of Foxborough.

FRCS Holocaust Stamps Project Milestone Reached

Friday November 9th, 2012 marked the 74th Anniversary of Kristallnacht,  “The Night of Broken Glass”.  By the eve of the Kristallnacht anniversary the FRCS Holocaust Stamps Project had reached a collected stamps total of 1,500,128.   One point five million Jewish children’s lives remembered! These stamps Benrepresent the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.

In conjunction with this major milestone we shared the true life story of an FRCS family and a Kristallnacht survivor.

Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938 A true life story of a Foxborough Regional Charter School Family

Grade One student Benjamin Lambrecht is the only Great Grandson of Kristallnacht survivor Irene Klee.  Young Irene Klee and her sister Else survived “The Night of Glass” or Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938 and fled for the United States.  Please download here the dramatic and inspirational story and photographs of Benjamin’s Great Grandmother:

Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938 A True Life Story of an FRCS Family

Additionally Benjamin’s father posted an emotional entry on his personal blog about their family’s unique connection to this time in history, which you can read here.

Special Thanks to Special Donors….

In October, 2012, representatives from the Olde Boston Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII  Century arrived in period costume to personally deliver 1855 stamps for the Holocaust Stamps Project.  The mission of their organization is “to aid in the education of the youth of our country”.

Ellen McGrath, President of the local chapter which is based in Norwood , and member Carol Sansone, were amazed  to see the accumulated stamps collection, of almost 1.5 million stamps, being stored in huge plastic tote boxes. They were very impressed with the five colorful Holocaust-related stamps collages, created by FRCS students in grade 5 to 8 during the 2011-2012 school year.

Mrs. Jamie Droste, FRCS Student Life Advisor, and retired FRCS teacher, Charlotte Sheer, who began the Project four years ago, accept the stamps donation from Ellen McGrath, President, and Carol Sansone, of the Olde Boston Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

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“An evening with Eva Paddock, Holocaust Survivor”

On April 4, 2012 FRCS welcomed Holocaust Survivor Eva Paddock for a very special FRCS Community Event…

Eva Paddock, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, had an amazing story to tell. We were so fortunate to hear from someone whose direct experiences are often only read about in the history books.  This event served as an opportunity for us to better understand and appreciate the profound impact the Holocaust has had on the world both past and present. This lesson is connected to Mrs. Sheer’s 5th grade CSL Holocaust Stamps Project, in which students are learning the importance of respectful behavior, includingacceptance, tolerance and diversity. It is important to remember that embracing the differences among others in our society enriches our own existence.  Along with our FRCS core values, this project demonstrates one way that our students learn that tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures and forms of expression.  This event was a perfect example of service learning as well as how our school enriches our curriculum through real life experiences.  Thank you Mrs. Sheer for bringing this enriching experience to our school community!

Grade 11 art student, Mariane Kanellias painted “Just a Suitcase and a Doll”, based on the September 3, 2009 photo in The Jewish Chronicle of London, and of a re-enactment to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Kinderstransport evacuation of 669 Jewish children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia to England.  Eva Paddock gratefully accepted this token of appreciation.  Thank you Mariane for creating this beautiful heartfelt gift.

Special thanks to  BOSTON 3G  for their assistance in making this program possible.  BOSTON 3G gratefully accepts donations to support their ongoing programs and to continue the work of this Boston-based group for Grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Please read reviews of the event in The Foxboro Reporter and The Sun Chronicle.