Saturday, August 15, 2009

Day 226: Freedom Writers


Day 226: Freedom Writers, originally uploaded by susanvg.

In June I had the privilege of hearing Erin Gruwell speak at the NECC conference in Washington DC. She moved the audience to tears with her story of teaching and impacting on the lives of her students. Since then I wanted to watch the movie based on her and her student's stories.

No TV in our Casselman residence, so we watched the DVD on my computer. Once again I was moved to tears. Visit the website of her foundation to find out more about her work and the achievements of her students. Through her teaching and through writing their stories, the students lifted themselves from dead-end situations to productive lives.

Story - so powerful, both in the reading and the writing. We never know how our writing and stories will resonate with others so that our words live on, transform and get transformed. And we never know how telling our stories may transform ourselves.

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