The diverse population of Gainesville High School offers a rich oral history. Our publication’s goal is to provide a medium for students to reminisce about this history in written form. Through the publication of their writing, students will be allowed to go beyond the defined limitations of a writing class, and write about what they know, what they feel, and what makes them unique.
Through recording local history, including family stories, the history of the community will be collected and preserved. Perhaps more importantly, the stories of our newest immigrants will be recorded for future generations. At this important and exciting time in the on-going history of Gainesville, Georgia, Red Ink will allow the voices of all our students to be heard, including those voices that speak of the old country left behind, and the hopes for the future in this new country.
We hope that through this project, involving history, narration, and writing process, students will begin to value cultural differences as well as inherit a correlation among their peers. As Renee Morris, English teacher in the Gainesville City School Systems points out, “We, as a school and as a community, must find a common ground.”
Whether conducting original research and documenting family stories, preserving a part of their own culture, or writing about issues that affect us all daily, our students are sure express themselves—through a short story, a poem, or even a piece of artwork.
Thursday, November 12, 2009