‘Freedom Writer’ Erin Gruwell to screen new film at JFK on May 13
Event is free and open to the public

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“Freedom Writers” teacher Erin Gruwell will appear at John F. Kennedy High School on Friday, May 13, to screen a new documentary that tells the story of her students in the years after the movie was released in 2007.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Register here

The film, ”Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War,” is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach who were once considered unteachable.

Inspired by Gruwell and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from 1994 through the present day. In a racially divided community where adolescents were exposed to drugs, gang warfare and homicides, Gruwell makes it her goal to teach the students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen.

After the film, Gruwell went on to found the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. She has written two books on teaching, “Teach With Your Heart” and “The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide.”