Four Perfect Pebbles Illustrates Tolerance and Positive Thinking

It takes someone very special to be able to keep close-to five hundred Stimson eighth-graders quiet and attentive for over an hour. Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta introduces Mrs. Marion Lazan to this year’s eighth-graders.
It takes someone very special to be able to keep close-to five hundred Stimson eighth-graders quiet and attentive for over an hour. Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta introduces Mrs. Marion Lazan to this year’s eighth-graders.
Ms. Lazan holds up a patch that was sewn to her coat from her imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals.
Ms. Lazan holds up a patch that was sewn to her coat from her imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals.
“Be kind and good and respectful towards one another…that is the basis for peace,”- Mrs. Marion Lazan.
“Be kind and good and respectful towards one another…that is the basis for peace,”- Mrs. Marion Lazan.

As part of Stimson’s Character Education Program, author and holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan gave a moving first-hand account of her family’s life from imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps to liberation, for our eighth-grade students.

Marion’s story of courage, hope, and the will to survive, illustrates the importance of positive thinking, creativity, inner strength, and tolerance. “When I speak to my young audiences today, we talk about social media, and I ask them to use social media for good only, do not disparage others, do not intimidate others, and do not embarrass your friends,” said Mrs. Lazan.

Mrs. Lazan is the author of ‘Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, a memoir.’ She spoke of sensitivity and patience as she captivated Stimson’s eighth-grade audience. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals. “Be kind and good and respectful towards one another…that is the basis for peace,” added Mrs. Lazan.

This wonderful opportunity for our Stimson students to hear this first-hand account from a living Holocaust survivor was made possible by the PTA Cultural Arts Program.