Victoria College donates 400 copies of ‘The Freedom Writers Diary’ to VISD
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VC's Center for Academic and Professional Excellence donated 400 copies of "The Freedom Writers Diary" to Victoria ISD.

Victoria College’s Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) donated 400 copies of “The Freedom Writers Diary” to the Victoria Independent School District.

CAPE also donated 125 associated teacher’s guides. The donations were made by the VC Foundation on behalf of the Betsy Wright Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) Endowment. The books and guides will be distributed at all VISD high school campuses and primarily used in sophomore English II classes.

“All the English II teachers will receive the curriculum guide,” said VISD Director of Secondary Education Sherri Hathaway. “All English II students will have access to a class set of books. They’ll be doing activities throughout the year with the books.”

“The Freedom Writers Diary” is a collection of journals that English teacher Erin Gruwell assigned to her students at inner-city Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. The students, who dubbed themselves “The Freedom Writers” in homage to the 1960s civil rights group The Freedom Riders, wrote about the economic and social hardships they endured on a daily basis.

The New York Times Bestseller inspired the 2007 motion picture “Freedom Writers.”

“We are super excited to have these books,” said VISD Counseling Coordinator Kimberly Motley. “They will benefit our students greatly. I think they will be able to relate to a lot of the stories.”

“I think it will help our teachers to relate to our student population,” said VISD Executive Director of Curriculum Instruction and Accountability Susanne Carroll. “We have so many at-risk and economically disadvantaged kids.”

Gruwell will kick off Victoria College’s 2016-17 Lyceum Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center located at 1002 Sam Houston Drive. Gruwell’s appearance is presented in part by VISD, and nearly 600 secondary teachers from VISD will attend the lecture.

Pictured with copies of “The Freedom Writers Diary” are, from left, VISD Director of Secondary Education Sherri Hathaway, Victoria College Director of Marketing and Communications Darin Kazmir, Victoria College Curriculum and Instruction Design Specialist Dr. Deb Butler, VISD Executive Director of Curriculum Instruction and Accountability Susanne Carroll and VISD Counseling Coordinator Kimberly Motley.

 

Published: Wednesday, 07 September 2016
 

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