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A historic visitor to Gilbert Middle School shared her deeply personal story with students and staff. In return, they showed their appreciation with original writings and music.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, author of “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story,” visited GMS on Monday, January 8, speaking about the importance of hope, courage and compassion. Students and staff sat in rapt attention as they heard firsthand from a woman who was witness to and a survivor of events during the Holocaust.

Prior to Lazan’s visit, eighth-graders read “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story” as a class and viewed the documentary “Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare.” Students interpreted the events through various forms of writing, including an original rap, “As a German Soldier: The Things I See,” written by Eighth-Grader Terrell M. Peebles.

GMS students presented Lazan with their journals, news articles and poems when she came to speak.

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