Ms. G's ability to build an empathetic classroom environment. These students, now known as the Freedom Writers, found their voice by sharing their stories, and publishing them in The Freedom Writers Diaries, and having their stories portrayed in a major motion picture. Both the movie and the book highlight the remarkable transformation of the Freedom Writers, and how they used Anne Frank and the Holocaust as a way to build a sense of tolerance, acceptance, courage, unity, and hope in each of their lives.
The story of the Freedom Writers is inspiring, particularly to middle school students who face the struggles of finding themselves and discovering their voice. Ms. G was able to bring four districts together, and build a sense of unity by sharing two important messages:
*Middle school students have a voice, and a few simple words can have a tremendous impact. One must choose to use their words wisely. Respectfully stand up for what you know is right, and don't tolerate injustices.
Check out this great story from the Rome Sentinel, which highlights Ms. G's visit!
Rome Sentinel Article