August 6, 2013
Flora M. Singer Elementary School was officially dedicated on June 10 before a group of about 200 community members. Also attending the event were Superintendent Josh Starr, Board of Education President Christopher Barclay, County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
It is believed that the school is the first public school in the country named for a Holocaust survivor. After surviving the Nazi persecution in Belgium during World War II, Singer came to the U.S., became a teacher and dedicated her life to education and human rights.
Principal Kyle Heatwole emphasized the importance of the school’s community in embracing the legacy of Flora Singer and celebrating a new building for elementary students in Silver Spring.