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G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts has been in the news often recently. This month's PBG Lifestyle magazine (Palm Beach Gardens) dedicated two pages to the school; the Sun Sentinel published a local front page photo Thursday; and now the Palm Beach Post has published the story below on the front page of today's Local Section. We are raising funds to build our new cafeteria/multi-purpose theater designed as a WWII Canteen honoring local WWII veterans and heroes. Please enjoy the story below.
G-Star School of the Arts students paint the World War II-era C-47 Skytrain last week at the Palm Springs campus. The transport plane will become the centerpiece of an on-campus project designed to teach students and visitors about the war. THOMAS CORDY / THE PALM BEACH POST PALM SPRINGS WWII TRANSPORT PLANEA hands-on history lesson G-Star arts school working on donated plane that will be part of WWII museum.BY JODIE WAGNER PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITERPALM SRINGS —
From northern Africa to the beaches of Normandy, the C-47 Skytrain aircraft that sits on the G-Star School of the Arts campus crisscrossed numerous battlefields during World War II.Donated to the school seven years ago by the owners of the now-closed 391st Bomb Group restaurant in West Palm Beach, the military transport and supply plane flew injured soldiers from behind enemy lines to its base in Casablanca, Morocco, transported cargo and paratroopers to combat zones and pulled gliders for secret missions.
“This plane just has an incredible history,” said Dawn Hauptner, a G-Star representative. “It really did probably more than most planes.”Within the next five years it will become the centerpiece of an ambitious $8 million on-campus project designed to teach students and visitors about World War II.“Into the Past: The World War II Experience,” an interactive exhibit and tour that will be open to the public, is expected to include two museums, 14 new classrooms, a World War II canteen, a student research center and three interactive learning centers featuring authentic World War II battlegrounds and postwar events.The project was conceived by Hauptner, whose husband, Greg, is the school’s founder and CEO, as a permanent tribute to veterans and soldiers who lost their lives in the war and victims of the Holocaust.Both museums will serve as memorials to these veterans and soldiers, while the interactive learning centers will feature the re-creation of seven battles and events, including the D-Day invasion at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, the defeat of Berlin and the Nuremberg Trials.“
It will be very interactive,” Hauptner said of the exhibit. “You’ll actually be in one room and walk through with planes going over you, bombs going off and people running and screaming. You’ll be walking through the physical part of it while you’re experiencing the rest of it.”The C-47 is expected to be part of the D-Day experience, Hauptner said. Students in the school’s theater department painted the plane last week, and it is expected to be fully restored.“We want to give it a face-lift,” Hauptner said.The school plans to raise money to support the project and has hired a fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the school and local veterans’ organizations.“It’s going to do a lot for the school,” Hauptner said. “Not only is it going to increase the size of the school and give us new classrooms, but this will be something that the kids are going to be able to present to the community.” email@example.com, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @JRWagner5G-Star sophomore November Kimmick, 16, paints the C-47. The $8 million project will be open to the public and include two museums, classrooms and learning centers.THOMAS CORDY / THE PALM BEACH POST
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