Holocaust Survivor Visits HMS for Third Year

Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastacky visited Harrison Middle School on December 19th. This was the third year that Ms. Bastacky has come to the school, and every year her presentation is better and even more moving. Eighth‐grade students Ella Kindleberger and Olivia Seiler organized Ms. Bastacky's visit, including a series of speeches, a song by eighth‐grader Julie Puff, and a speech and question‐and‐answer session that went on for almost two hours. Fifteen eighth-graders were able to have lunch with Ms. Bastacky and to assist her in getting around the school. Eighty students wrote essays about Ms. Bastacky's lifelong mission to grow understanding and stamp out hate to earn their invitation to attend the event. Having been hidden in a basement for the first four years of her life with no friends or family, Ms. Bastacky was never able to have any toys or play as a child. As an adult, she collects stuffed animals to give to children. This year, the eighth-grade students collected over fifty stuffed animals to contribute to Toys for Tots in her name.