LRHS teacher leads school in Holocaust remembrance

Ainsley Ellis – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS designates the spot of the Daffodil Project

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – On Tuesday, Nov. 17 LRHS took part in the Daffodil Project, an initiative of Am Yisrael Chai, a nonprofit Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness Organization.

Their goal is to plant 1.5 million bulbs in remembrance of the 1.5 million children murdered during the Holocaust and in support for children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today.

Daffodils were chosen for this project as their shape is similar to the yellow star Jews had to wear during the Holocaust. They also signify hope and new beginnings.

LRHS received 200 specialty hybrid daffodil bulbs from Israel, donated by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and planted them in the planter in the front of the school.

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Social studies teacher Patricia Haeussler oversaw bringing the Daffodil Project to LRHS and set this event up.

Haeussler stated, “I really hope this makes a positive impact on the Mustangs and hopefully inspired them to change the world around us for the better.”

Holocaust survivor Felicia Liban was present at the school’s Daffodil Project Dedication Ceremony.

Liban said, “It is so heartwarming that people think about us who went through the Holocaust, what happened, and want to make a difference.”

Liban added, “One piece of advice I would give students is that you have to respect everybody no matter what. Nobody thinks the same way or believes the same thing, but we still have to respect their opinions.”

The dedication also featured music from the LRHS men’s choir and string quartet.