March, 2018

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A Note from Mrs. Preston

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s School,

Signs of the changing season and new life are all around us; green buds on the trees, daffodils and crocus coloring the landscape. Welcome signs of new life after the dormant winter months.

Around St. Peter’s School the indicators of Spring include the excitement of the 2nd graders as they prepare the soil and plant seeds in the garden outside my office window and baby teeth falling out of the now much bigger Kindergarteners!

This focus on life was addressed in a very special presentation to our 5th and 6th grade students.

Mrs. Mary Burkett, a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church, was asked to speak to our students in conjunction with their study of World War II. Mrs. Burkett is a retired pediatric nurse with no artistic training. However, in January, 2017 she felt compelled to sketch. Searching for subjects on the internet, she was captured by the face of a little boy named Hersch. She felt as though Hersch were calling out to be drawn. In a matter of hours something quite amazing occurred. Hersch peeked out of the paper at her, “just as if he had been hiding there all along”. Mary, with no artistic training, watched as he slowly came to life under her hand, and he became not a drawing, but a little boy. What she did not know when she first saw Hersch, was that he had died in the Holocaust at Auschwitz at four years old. She also did not know at the time that his sweet face was just a beginning. There are now 27 portraits, each one unique and precious, a series of beautiful sketches, divinely inspired entitled, “Beloved Children of the Holocaust”. I watched our students faces as they viewed the sketches and listened to Mary tell the story of each child. And I was grateful that our beloved students could learn from and honor these beloved children.

Mary Burkett will present the Beloved Children of the Holocaust in Neglia Hall on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30pm. I strongly urge you to hear Mary and view her stunning sketches. I invite you to visit her web site,, for an overview of this beautiful celebration of life.

All around us we are reminded of the amazing gift of life, most especially during the season of Lent. God gave his beloved Son, so that we would have eternal life.

Let us always be grateful for the precious gift of life.

Many blessings,

Kathy Preston