A group of students at Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds have published a powerful true story collection about the hardships and struggles they’ve endured, and their determination to move forward with their lives.
“We Hope You Rise Up” is described as “a revealing collection of true personal stories about abandonment, teen pregnancy, homelessness, addiction, abuse, depression, sickness and death. But it’s also about how these students have confronted their pasts so they can move beyond them.” By sharing their stories, the students say they hope to let others know they aren’t alone.
“Life has thrown obstacles in our paths, but we have managed to grow from these experiences,” the student authors explain in their intention statement for the book. “We write hoping you understand, hoping you don’t judge us—because we know you have a story, too. A story that should not have to define you. We write to bring hope, to show the ones who are too scared to come forth that they are not alone. We write to explain that even when life gets you down, it is important to keep your head high as well as your feet on the ground.”
“We Hope You Rise Up” is the fourth student story collection that has been published by Scriber Lake students through Write to Right, a program that fosters healing, understanding and literacy through personal storytelling.
Write to Right was co-founded by Scriber Lake English teacher Marjie Bowker and Seattle memoir author Ingrid Ricks, who have been using narrative writing to help students find their voice and power since January 2012. The program, made possible through grants from Hazel Miller Foundation and Apex/Bruce and Jolene McCaw Family Foundation, offers both narrative writing and publishing curriculum and was piloted at Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale, and Lynnwood high schools this year through the support of the Edmonds School District. The program has also spread to other high schools and inspired other student anthologies.
A book launch event for “We Hope You Rise Up” is set for next Tuesday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Café Louvre, 210 5th Ave. S., in downtown Edmonds. The event will include a reading and book signing from the student authors. Books can be purchased for $10 at the launch or online. All proceeds will go back into the student writing and publishing program.