Polson 6th Grade Students Participate in Daffodil Project
On October 24, 2019 Polson Middle School sixth grade students made their way out to the front of the building in shifts to plant a total of 200 daffodils. The planting is part of the international Daffodil Project, a global effort to plant 1.5 million daffodils as a Living Holocaust Memorial in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support for children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today.
Polson 7th and 8th grade students participated in the project last year, planting a total of 423 bulbs – one for each student in the school. This year the school decided to have a “second phase” so that the newly added 6th grade class could participate in the project too. Polson is the only school and the only organization of any kind in the state participating in the project. Holocaust education and acceptance of diversity has been woven into the Polson language arts and social studies curricula for years, and this supports and enhances that important work.
The Daffodil Project is an initiative of Am Yisrael Chai, a nonprofit Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness Organization. According to the organization, “The shape and color of the daffodils represent the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring, signifying hope, renewal and beauty”.