Palm Springs, FL ( March 23, 2014) G-Star School of the Arts (gstarschool.org) Founder/CEO, Greg Hauptner and "The World War II Experience" Founder, Dawn Hauptner, were recently invited to our Nations’ Capitol for a personal interview with Senator Bob Dole regarding G-Star's ambitious $8 million project, "Into the Past: The World War II Experience" (atagency.net). "World War II history is fading, along with the teaching of it," said Dawn Hauptner, the project's founder. "It's time to bring it back... but not as a book or pictures, and not even like a museum; we want students and the community- even the country, to come to Palm Beach County and be able to experience it." That's what caught the attention of political powerhouse Bob Dole. Senator Dole was most impressed with the fact that this is a high school building this highly unique educational project that will be a tribute like none other in the country to World War II Veterans and the Holocaust. Senator Bob Dole is best known for his extensive and impressive political career. He served as a U.S. Senator from 1969-1996 holding the title of the "Nation's longest serving Representative Leader". Senator Dole won the Republican Party candidacy for President in 1996, running against Bill Clinton; and was selected by President Gerald Ford as his Vice Presidential running mate in the 1976 Presidential election. In more recent years, Senator Dole has been involved in numerous campaigns for different causes that affect our veteran's. He was National Chairman for the "World War II Memorial Campaign" in Washington DC where he raised $178 million, he is nationally acclaimed for his leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged and disabled, and he was co-chair for the "Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors"- for soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, this only names a few of his many truly admirable contributions to our country. What some might not know is that Senator Dole is also a World War II Veteran. He served in the Army's 10th Mountain Division, enlisting in 1943 while a sophomore in college. Senator Dole, like many, was gravely wounded in combat and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. G-Star's newest exciting endeavor, "Into the Past: The World War II Experience", has captured the interest and hearts of Palm Beach County.
In his interview with Dawn Hauptner, Senator Dole stated, "I want to congratulate the G-Star School of the Arts for [taking on] this project of ‘The World War II Experience’. It's a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about World War II and to be certain that children understand what happened in World War II. There's a responsibility for us not to forget our veteran's." He went on the say, "It's an opportunity for people to contribute to a very worthy project, which will generate not only interest, but will help young people understand what human sacrifice is all about." Hauptner was honored to spend a considerable amount of time with Senator Dole talking about the importance of this project and some of its programs like the "Student's Adopting Veteran's" Program.
When Hauptner explained how our student's will "adopt" a veteran or Holocaust family and build an exhibit together that will eventually be displayed in our future Victory Canteen Educational Learning Center, he loved the idea and said, "What I think would be nice is if you let your students take their "adopted veteran's" to school one day. I know the Veteran's would love it." He further stated, "This project will certainly be of interest to all the Veteran's Organizations and the Holocaust Survivors and their families. Part of the community’s responsibility is to not forget about our Veteran's; and G-Star's "Into the Past: The World War II Experience" is the first initiative I've heard of. I think the G-Star School should be highly commended, and I think we should give our thanks to G-Star for undertaking this project. Raising $8 million is not easy... but forgetting our Veteran's is not easy, either. I think it's a very sensible project.”
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