This student shares how difficult writing is, as it goes through stages and stages of editing. S/he describes an article Nancy Wride, a journalist, wrote about the Freedom Writers, which she worked hard to make as close to the truth as possible. After the publication of the article, the students received so many calls and letters that they had to designate one student the receptionist each class period. They have received notes from people, including people in prison and children, who have encouraged them, thanked them, and congratulated them on their educational achievements.
The large number of responses that the article about the Freedom Writers has elicited emphasizes the uniqueness of these students’ success. It also highlights these young people’s potential to change the world around them, educating readers about the lives they lead and the difficulties they face. This has the added advantage of potentially inspiring other adolescents like them to identify with their challenges and trust in their own future.