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Buzzing Butterfly Project in West Palm Beach

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The Butterfly Project is focused on bringing awareness to 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.

This deeply compassionate project is sure to bring more awareness about the Holocaust and those that have been affected by it.

Taking the time to honor Holocaust survivors is a very noble and respectful journey to be on, it’s another way to connect with the youth and inspire them to dig deep and be mindful of how we all have to work together collectively to make the world a beautiful place.

Palm Beach County Rabbi, Erica Rosenkranz says thousands of beautiful butterflies are invading our area and making it home. When you see a butterfly outside it instantly makes you happy and the graceful creatures brings a smile to your face.

One of the schools involved in the project are Don Estridge High Tech students are involved in the learning more about the butterflies in the project. Middle School student, David Zapata is one of the amazing students learning more about butterflies.

Zapata wants to educate and inform the students on how she thinks the butterflies were suppose to represent what happened during the holocaust and all of the bad events. Each butterfly is painted by volunteers of all ages.

They come with unique card detailing the life of one child killed in the Holocaust.

Children like Sura Andrezejko killed in the Auschwitz gas chambers with her family when she was 15. Zapata says the experience, “was intense I would say, but it needed you to learn that history shouldn’t repeat itself in that way.”

Rabbi Rosenkranz says even though the Morse Life Butterfly Project is open to anyone in the community, there’s something special about seeing young people involved. The kids are already taking the lessons to heart.

7th Grader Juan Ramirez says “I was feeling inspired. I was feeling inspired because I felt like I could help change the world and make sure history doesn’t repeat it itself in the future.”

When the project is complete, the painted butterflies will become a permanent installment at Morse Life serving as a symbol of resilience and much more.

1.5 million butterflies are creating a wave of remembrance and hope.

If your interested in contributing to the local project you can contact rabbierica@morselife.org

On April 8 at 1pm The Palm Beach County School District will be hosting a Holocaust Day of Remembrance live commemoration ceremony.