Fellowship Sends Palm Beach County Teachers To Facing History Seminars

The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews has awarded full scholarships to 10 local educators to attend summer seminars hosted by Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), a Massachusetts-based international educational and professional development organization.

The fellowship has been sending teachers to FHAO workshops for more than 20 years and considers it one of its most important projects. Past attendees describe the experience as life-changing and attest to the impact on their students.

Eight teachers will attend “The Holocaust and Human Behavior” session in Memphis, Tenn., set for July 16-18. With Holocaust education mandated but unfunded in Florida, the training and materials the teachers receive provide them with the resources needed to bring the curriculum to their classrooms, school and community. The fellowship’s education committee maintains contact with the attendees upon their return to help ensure implementation of the program and connection with their fellow FHAO alums.

Attending “The Holocaust and Human Behavior” in Memphis are Robert Bayless of the Benjamin School, Mary Cooney of St. Ann Catholic School, Nathan Ginnetty of the Benjamin School, Martyna Klebacka of Loggers Run Middle School, Amanda Ladd of Eagles Landing Middle School, Bridget Langford of the Gulfstream School, Kyle Schlett of Palm Beach Day Academy and Leslie Wilson of Carver Middle School.

Two educators who have attended the Holocaust and civil rights-related seminars in the past will be attending FHAO’s “Beyond Borders” workshop in Boston, set for July 9-11. This will enable them to build upon the lessons they received in the previous seminars to enhance the impact and effectiveness of their ongoing programs. Attending “Beyond Borders” in Boston are Chrissie Ferguson and Charles Hagy, both of the Benjamin School.

Founded in 1993, the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting fellowship, understanding and respect among people of all faiths and cultures through education, dialogue and interaction, and addressing issues rooted in intolerance, anti-Semitism and unjust discrimination. For more information, or to apply for future scholarships, contact the fellowship office at (561) 833-6150 or info@palmbeachfellowship.net.