Students from St. Peter of Alcantara School, Port Washington, read their own creative writing at Barnes & Noble on Jan. 30 in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Forty-nine authors from grades one to five presented poetry and reflections to a crowded audience of family, friends and supporters. Led by Mrs. Barbara Mucciolo, a St. Peter’s English Language Arts teacher, and Ms. Laura Schroff, author of Invisible Thread, the inspirational New York Times bestseller, each student was applauded for sharing personal experiences inspired by the book.

Each student addressed the question: “If I had an invisible thread, who would be at the end?.” Ms. Schroff, who shared the story behind her unlikely meeting with destiny when she befriended an 11-year-old panhandler in New York City during the 1980s, was touched by the students’ grateful stories of the devotion shown to them by family, friends and teachers. As she signed copies of her book, she encouraged the St. Peter’s students to remember how their small acts of kindness can make an enormous difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.

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