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Paper Clips & Butterflies: The Opportunity to Influence the Future

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Paper Clips & Butterflies: The Opportunity to Influence the Future

A special story showing Paper Clips and The Butterfly Project coming full circle…

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips
 
Indulge me for a moment if you will, Dear Reader…
 
Recently I found myself going through a big box of notes from students at schools where I’ve shared my film Paper Clips and spoken to classes over the years. Here are a few samples:

“Dear Mr. Fab… your movie really inspired me not to judge anyone.”
 

“…every time I see a paper clip, I will remember the Holocaust.”
 

“…the movie shows how much people really do care for other religions.”
 

“…one thing I learned is that I should start something because all of us can make a difference.”
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The Butterfly Project’s Education Team

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The Butterfly Project’s Education Team

A Special Thank You to Our Education Team

 
The Butterfly Project has many champions without whom this work would not be possible. But amongst all of our supporters, we want to take time this month to recognize a special group of women who stand out for all of their hard work, dedication, and tireless commitment to sharing The Butterfly Project’s message with students across the country.
 

The Education Team

The Butterfly Project’s Education Team, made up of Co-Founder Jan Landau, Sonia Fox-Ohlbaum, Judi Gottschalk, and Arlene Keeyes, is a passionate group of retired educators who meet weekly to discuss, write and plan lessons and curriculum that enhance the The Butterfly Project classroom experience. Several team members are children of Holocaust survivors and bring their parents’ personal stories and artifacts such as family photographs, a yellow star, and a even concentration camp uniform, into the classroom while presenting lessons.
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Yom HaShoah Commemorations

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Yom HaShoah Commemorations

Yom HaShoah Commemorations

By Christine Tomasello, Director of Operations

 
In 2017, The Butterfly Project’s wings spread far and wide by participating in Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance events around the country. Several schools, JCCs, and community organizations from 16 different cities across the US incorporated The Butterfly Project in their Yom HaShoah activities, bringing people together to paint butterflies in honor of the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.
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The Importance of Holocaust Education

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The Importance of Holocaust Education

The Importance of Holocaust Education

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips

 
One of the reasons that making Paper Clips was such a joy is that I spent so much time in that middle school in rural Tennessee where children were learning! And in this case, they were learning about something that I’m sure all those reading this believe is critically important: the Holocaust. But I didn’t realize back in the early 2000’s just how poorly we, as a nation, educate our young people about the critical history and lessons of that horrible event.
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50 States Initiative

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50 States Initiative

NEW CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO MANDATE ​HOLOCAUST EDUCATION IN ALL 50 STATES

 
Partnering with award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Fab, Executive Director Cheryl Rattner Price and The Butterfly Project are calling for all 50 states to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools, to combat a rise in hate crimes nationwide that spiked around the presidential election.
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