The Holocaust as Seen Through the Eyes of Students at Park Vista High School

The Holocaust and other tragedies in history may seem unimaginable to today’s youth. But Park Vista High School came up with an innovative and stimulating program to bring awareness of these atrocities to students that also translated into relevant issues facing teens today. For three months, they have studied the White Rose resistance movement, when a group of courageous college students almost their own age from Munich were the first to stir up the ranks of Hitler’s Nazis during l942-3. Students honored those who lived and died during that time on Holocaust Remembrance Day last month when they wore white roses, most probably a symbol of peace and purity. Donations from the effort were sent to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Mr. Moskovic from Hobe Sound was l3 years old when he was taken by the Nazis and when he was released in l945, was the only surviving member of his family. He escaped death three times from nothing short of miracles. His goal in sharing with students is “to keep the memory alive and to help our youth carry the truth in the future so people don’t forget.”  Students also shared how they have grown from the project, similar to PSAs, and posters which are part of a large quilt that covers a wall in the main cafeteria.

The White Rose program at Park Vista was made possible through a grant provided by LEAH, the League for Educational Awareness for the Holocaust based in Boca Raton, an organization that educates and advocates about the Holocaust and other genocides. It seeks to engage teachers in inspiring and motivating students to actively contribute to a kinder, more compassionate world.  To date, LEAH has funded more than 300 education grant awards which have touched the lives of 36,000 students in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

The White Rose group are most well-known for their leafleting and a secret organization started by Sophie and Hans Scholl of which several award-winning movies, documentaries, books and plays have been made. All seven members were convicted of treason and beheaded at a very young age.

Media Specialist and coordinator of the school-wide program, Brigitta McTigue, spent her early years growing up in Munich, Germany where Sophie and her brother Hans Scholl and the White Rose students were considered heroes.

“Our l6 and l7 year olds need to know this, so that they learn how to deal with prejudice, bigotry, bullying, and other human rights issues they face today. We hope this program has given them some tools to become more tolerant in their daily lives and to find healthy ways to stand up to hurtful and cruel actions done to other people merely because of differences.”

Also collaborating and working together on the project was Sue Mehok, English teacher, as well as reading and social studies classes. Activities included reading chapters or books about the White Rose movement and watching the film “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.”

“As we teach students about the Holocaust, and other examples of genocide such as Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia we are in a very real way repairing the world,” said Amanda McGee, executive director of LEAH. “They are taking the lessons that happened in the Holocaust of these very brave young people in the White Rose movement so that they can hopefully become better human beings.”

Educational programs such as these are designed to help children learn about time periods and events that may seem incomprehensible to them.

“They have no concept of what freedom is, because they have it,” said Ms. Mehok.

While many schools offer only a few paragraphs in their history books about the Holocaust, Park Vista High School has a dedicated program, under the leadership of Eileen Shapiro who heads up Holocaust Studies for the school district of Palm Beach County. It was at her suggestion that McTigue applied for the grant from LEAH.

The Island Princess: A Sightseeing Adventure for the Whole Family

The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her ”
                                               –Buffalo Joe         

My family and I love the sun, the sights and the sounds of the river, ” said John Davis, of Stuart.

Recently, Davis and his family took a nature cruise on the Island Princess, which is a luxurious and spacious 84 foot pleasure craft that has the capacity to hold 150 passengers.

The Island Princess is a sightseeing adventure for the whole family. As you cruise the warm, calm waters of Florida`s Intercoastal Waterway the Captains warm and heartfelt narration quickly captures the essence of Stuart, Florida and brings the waterway to life.

It is one of the most relaxing day cruises I have ever been on, ” said Davis.

You can kick back, unwind and relax while enjoying the spectacularly splendid scenery from the comfort of the enclosed air-conditioned main salon or the open air upper deck of the sleek Island Princess.

As you cruise the open waters, you can watch as the porpoises jump, the manatees float, and the pelican`s swoop down to catch fish. You will also see blue herons and egrets wandering around their natural habitat searching for their next meal.

As the sun shines over the water you will quickly become acquainted with the abundance of bird sanctuaries, spoil islands as well as the mangroves.

The Island Princess Departs from The Finest Kind Marina in the Manatee Pocket with sightseeing and charter cruises on the St. Lucie River, the Indian River and Jupiter Sound.

While cruising, you will have the opportunity to cruise by homes of celebrities such as Burt Reynolds and the late Perry Como.

I was so glad that I remembered to bring my binoculars and my camera. The memories that we shared will last a lifetime, ” said Davis.

The nature cruise dips into the wilds of the 928 acre St. Lucie Inlet State Park, an uninhabited wild life refuge.

Some trips are seasonal. Please call for current schedule and reservations. Reservations required. 

MONDAY and FRIDAY – Indian River/St.Lucie River Cruise
Departs 1:00 p.m. – Return 3:00 p.m.  
Adults: $21.95 Children:$15.50 
 
WED. thru FRIDAY – Sunset Cruise (Seasonal)
Departs 4:30 p.m. – Return 6:00 p.m.  
Adults: $19.95 Children:$13.50 
 
TUESDAY & THURSDAY – Jupiter Island – Luncheon Cruise
Departs 10:30 a.m. – Return 2:30 p.m.  
Adults: $38.00 Children:$26.00  
Reservation Required 
 
WEDNESDAY – Nature Cruise (Seasonal)

 Departs 1:00 p.m. – Return 3:00 p.m.  
Adults: $21.95 Children:$14.50  

*SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Indian River/St.Lucie River Cruise
Departs 1:00 p.m. – Return 3:00 p.m.  
Adults: $21.95 Children:$15.50 
 
*Cruise with optional lunch Reservation Required
Adults: $32.95 Child:$26.50
*No food or beverage may be brought onboard

Bon Voyage!

http://www.islandprincesscruises.com/

Island Princess Cruises
P.O. Box 598
Stuart, FL 34995 USA
Phone: 772-225-2100
email: info@islandprincesscruises.com

Location:
Finest Kind Marina
3585 SE St. Lucie Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34997

FAU Fireworks: FUN and Family

FAU Campus is the place to be on the 4th of July.

6 p.m. – Family Activities, games, children’s rides, arts and crafts, walkabout entertainment

6:30 p.m. – Stage Show – RED, WHITE & BLUE TRIBUTE (AZMC Production)

7:10 p.m. – Zumba Demonstation – mass audience participation

7:30 p.m. Concert – WIND SYMPHONY OF FLORIDA, Dr. Kyle Prescott

9 p.m. – FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Florida Atlantice University, located on Glades Rd, just East of I-95

Cost:  FREE

IMPORTANT:  Personal fireworks, sparklers, alcholic beverages, dogs, open fires are not allowed.  No stopping or parking along Glades Rd.

Burn The Fat And Help The Needy

Kal Gunay of ‘Fit Body Boot Camp, East Boca Raton’, announces that anybody participating in Fit Body Bootcamp between June 28 – July 16, 2010, $100 will be donated to the Jessica June’s Children’s Cancer Foundation.

“The current economic state has drastically reduced the amount of donations being made to charities and non-profit organization. So we’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone. By offering a stress-reducing and physical fitness program to the public, while helping out a great cause”.  

All participants are welcome to workout at their own pace for as little as fifteen minutes or, for those up to the challenge, for the full hour of each session. The activities include fun exercises in a group atmosphere designed to burn fat and firm and tone the entire body.  

Every participant will walk way from this workout with a better understanding of fitness and weight-loss concepts, a feeling of accomplishment and knowledge they helped a worthwhile cause.

In addition, every participant will receive the “Ultimate Tone-It-Up Nutrition Guide” designed to help make healthy dietary choices simple.

“This is just a fun and social way to introduce an alternative to the boring gym workouts and at the same time help out a charity that does so much to feed the hungry, especially in these current economic times,” explains Sally Smith. “Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than having a fun and energizing workout.”

East-Boca Fit Body Bootcamp offers locals fat loss and fitness, and nutrition services. For more information, they can be found at http://www.bocafitbody.com