Book teaches students at St. Joseph's Academy a life lesson

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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:10pm

A New York Times best-selling author made her way to Baton Rouge Thursday to share her inspirational story about the true meaning of friendship with the students of St. Joseph's Academy.

The students were assigned to read Laura Schroff's book An Invisible Thread this past summer. Meagan Melancon, a student at St. Joseph's said this book was not just a summer read, it taught her an important lesson about life.

"She just stopped in the middle of the street, not knowing him at all, and it just means that there's so much more out there," Melancon said. "We focus on our day-to-lives and don't even realize that there's other types of people out there that we don't even know about."

Melancon was not expecting a book from her summer reading list to make such an impact on her life. Laura Schroff's book is a story about how two people can meet and change each others' lives forever.

"It's just anybody on the street that you can see, and it can change your life. You never know," Melancon said.

The author, Laura Schroff, said meeting Maurice, the homeless 11-year-old she met on the streets of New York in 1986, was one of the best things that could have ever happened to her.

"We were beyond touched that St. Joseph's Academy made the book required reading for their class over the summer," Schroff said. "We just love the fact that our story, which is such a simple story, how one simple act of kindness can make an enormous difference, and how it's resonated with all the students here at this school."

"You know, when you meet a child that is homeless who does not have any of the bare essentials that we all take for granted, a toothbrush and a bar of soap," Schroff said. "It makes you look at your own life and appreciate the blessings you have in your own life."

Maurice Mazyck said he feels the same.

"To me, this story is just something personal between Laura and I that people seem to love," Mazyck said. "Everyone that I grew up with, when I knew Laura and met Laura, every one of those people I knew are either in prison or dead. So, obviously I would have either been in prison or dead."

Both Laura and Maurice hope this book teaches an important life lesson to young people.

"How if you open up your heart and your mind to your surrounding, you never know how you can really help change someone else's life one at a time," Schroff said.

"I'm sure that the book has already had an impact on your life," Mazyck said. "They're going to stop and think. I don't want everyone to do what Laura did, I just want you to think about the next person that's less fortunate than you."

Schroff said she is signed a production contract, so that means the next step for her book is potentially a movie.   

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