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Monday, 23 April 2018 02:35
One More Chance for Snowmen: A Heartfelt Letter from a Soldier to His Daughters One month before leaving his home in New York to serve with a special operations unit in Iraq, thirty-seven-year-old Captain Zoltan Krompecher wrote the following letter to his two little girls, Leah, age four, and Annie, age two. Krompecher wrote the letter to his daug...
 
Monday, 23 April 2018 02:25
"We're All the Same Right Now": A Letter from a 9/11 Survivor On September 11, 2001, twenty-two-year-old Anna Miller was attending a business seminar in New York City when she and her co-workers became eyewitnesses to—and almost victims of—one of the most catastrophic attacks in United States history. She wrote a ten-page handwritten letter to her ...
 
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 22:36
You've seen the movie. You've read the book. Now listen to the podcast! Hosted by renowned educator Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers Podcast features thought-provoking conversations with Ms. G's original students from Room 203, "Freedom Writer Teachers," and special guest speakers such as original Freedom Riders Jim Zwerg and John Lewis, Dr. Terre...
 
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:38
This December, the Freedom Writers Foundation humbly asks that you donate to help us bring Hope for the Holidays to teenagers in juvenile halls. Give Hope for the Holidays. For many of us, the holidays are filled with hope and happiness, and the love and laughter of friends and family. Unfortunately for others, the holidays can be quite lonely and...
 
Thursday, 19 May 2016 18:22
From the moment you walk into a room, Ellis Sanchez is the first person to greet you with an outstretched hand and a huge smile. He has a wonderfully warm personality and radiates positivity, but like the Freedom Writers, his home life does not reflect who he appears to be at school. Ellis’ classmates used to wonder out loud why he always wore the ...
 
Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31
I recently returned from the Middle East, and I feel compelled to share. My trip to Israel and the West Bank was inspiring and eye-opening. I did over 20 events in Israel on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and 7 events for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on behalf of the U.S. ‎Consulate General. All told, I worked in over a dozen cities, add...
 
Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31
Freedom Writer Teacher Precious Symonette’s name is called, and immediately the whole room erupts into applause. Ms. Symonette doesn’t even hear that she’s the winner of the Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year! As a beloved teacher at Norland High School in Florida, Symonette has been able to touch the lives of many inner-city students through ...
 
Thursday, 07 April 2016 21:10
The smell of marijuana greets me at the door, followed closely by a disheveled woman. She asks what I want, and I tell her that I have come for the girls. She calls to them: “The lady is here.” The girls dart to the door, excited and expectant, each asking what the plans are for the evening and what they will eat. In this neighborhood grown men run...
 
Thursday, 07 April 2016 21:00
When Ferial Pearson first attended the Freedom Writers Institute (FWI) in the summer of 2010, it was immediately clear what an incredible teacher she was. Her passion for education and her students came out every time she spoke about her job. Some say that teaching is not a career, but a calling. We believe that this amazing woman has definitely fo...
 
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:56
Last December, Erin Gruwell visited the Worsely School at the Fresno Juvenile Campus for the holidays. The event was orchestrated by Bill Feaver, who was in the very first group of Freedom Writer Teachers in 2006. Bill’s facility includes kids from 13-18 years of age who are typically held for six months or less. During Erin’s visit, she spoke to t...