On Oct. 30, educator and New York Times bestselling author of "The Freedom Writers Diary" Erin Gruwell along with a few of the original Freedom Writers paid a visit to the Proctor High School freshman class. Gruwell's book was the basis for the 2007 movie "Freedom Writers" starring Hilary Swank, and she recently debuted her documentary “Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart”.
"The Freedom Writers Diary" depicts the true story of Gruwell’s journey as a teacher in the 1990’s at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California; a racially divided community plagued with drugs, gang activity and violence that carried into the school. Gruwell used writing to teach her students to communicate with each other and tell their own personal stories, which in turn changed the course of their lives. Today, Erin and the Freedom Writers travel around the country to train educators on their Freedom Writers Methodology and bring hope by sharing their stories of overcoming adversity through education.
Proctor freshman listened to Gruwell along with three of her former students talk about their own personal experiences in school and watched some clips from their new documentary. Many students were even able to get copies of their book signed by Gruwell!