Earlier this month, the American Philatelic Society (APS) donated 500,000 used stamps to a school for use in its Holocaust art project.
Massachusetts’ Foxborough Regional Charter School started the project in 2009 to create artwork in commemoration of the 11 million people who died during the Holocaust. Retired teacher Charlotte Sheer, who also founded the philatelic remembrance project, said the aim is to collect 11 million stamps in remembrance of all of the lives lost.
At the beginning of May, APS Executive Director Scott English travelled from the APS’ Bellefonte, Pa. headquarters to personally deliver 16 boxes holding half a million stamps.
“We took advantage of the proximity of the school to the Philatelic Show in Boxborough to deliver stamps on behalf of the APS membership who have donated so generously over the years for youth education,” said English.
According to the Wicked Foxborough, Sheer said they had already collected 9.4 millions stamps before the big APS donation, bringing the current total closer to 10 million stamps. Altogether, the project has received donations from 43 of the 50 U.S. states.
“Countless lessons in history, tolerance, acceptance and the importance of respecting differences evolve from the project,” Sheer told the Wicked Foxborough.
For more information, visit foxboroughrcs.org/students-families/frcs-holocaust-stamp-project.