I recently spent ages planning a children's program entitled "Let’s Make Butterflies," and I was very excited to share it with my regular kids. You can imagine my disappointment when I got a Jury Duty Summons the day before my big program was scheduled! But fear not, luck was on my side that day, and I was not selected and I was able to attend the program I so carefully prepared (I am fortunate to have an understanding boss who was willing to fill in if necessary, so the kids wouldn't have missed out).
What was this program about, and why was it so meaningful to me, you may ask? Since I first learned to read, I have always had an interest in World War II and the Holocaust, and the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly was particularly meaningful to me. This beautiful book is a collection of artwork and poems created by children who were living in the Terezin Concentration Camp located in Poland. In order to honor these children and all children who perished during World War II (the total is 1.5 million), the Houston Holocaust Museum is collecting butterflies made by children across the world to display in an upcoming exhibit.
I invited a 5th grade class from Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School to join in the event. A total of 26 students and 2 teachers attended my event. I was thrilled with the turnout for the event, and not only did each student make a butterfly for the museum to display but each also created a second butterfly for me to display at Brooklyn Branch. It was great to see the children so involved and interested in creating something for the museum while learning about the history covered in the book.
Check out this slideshow of photos from the program:
As a part of the program for the month of March, I made a display that highlights the poem and artwork from the book as well as provided other books about World War II. If you are interested in reading more on the subject, here is a small reading list: