The Foxborough Regional Charter School's quest to collect 11 million postage stamps to symbolize the 11 million lives lost in the Holocaust reached a milestone last week when students reached 1.5 million, the number of children who died during one of history's darkest chapters.
The achievement came in time for Friday's 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, in which the Nazis coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Germany and parts of Austria.
The charter school's student life adviser, Jamie L. Droste, has been working with students this year on the project that also includes a series of mosaics made with stamps and a 3-D sculpture.
"It has been a humbling experience,'' Droste said. "One of the main lessons is to let the children, staff, and family volunteers know that each stamp counted represents a life. It raises the gooseflesh on your arms when you make the mental connection that each counted stamp represents an innocent child's life lost to intolerance and racism."
Students have been working on the project for four years and are continually seeking donations of trimmed, canceled stamps. They also are working on YouTube videos and advertising the project, to get the word out.
The project "epitomizes the mission of Foxborough Regional Charter School by promoting positive ethical, moral, and civic values,'' Droste said. "And it is preparing students to serve their respective communities as leaders and good citizens."
Further information on the stamp project is available by visiting www.foxboroughhrcs.org or calling 508-543-2508.
Michele Bolton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.