February 14th, 2019 – It is said that teachers change the world. Michele Berstien is one of those teachers, a visual arts educator at the Posnak Jewish Day School. Drawn to the message and concept of Stars of HOPE Berstien reached out via Facebook. Living in Parkland for many years, February 14th affected Berstien’s life and those around her deeply.
The pay it forward project took place on the campus of Posnak Jewish Day School. Students came painting and talking, remembering the importance of the day as uplifting music was played and encouragement abounded.
Local volunteers assisted the project, thank you to Barbara Glick Van Asselt and Meredith Joy for your volunteerism. The school Principal and several faculty members joined in to create hope as well.
“No words can describe how amazing today was! Just having everyone come visit to take part in the painting of the Stars was so meaningful. I could see how they were honestly expressing their feelings of the day.” – Michele Berstien
Stars of HOPE will be displayed at Posnak Jewish Day School to honor the memory of the lives taken. Berstien then plans to pay the stars forward, through service projects with students to different establishments and members of Parkland.
Program Manager: Stephanie@starsofhopeusa.org