Sauquoit student to be featured in book on inspirational people

A Sauquoit Valley High School student will be featured in a new book, where she will share how she overcame depression.

Posted: Jun 21, 2021 11:35 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 10:13 AM

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. -- A Sauquoit Valley High School student has been selected to be featured in a new book featuring the stories of inspirational people from across the world.

Junior Jadyn Land will contribute a passage in a book called "Dear Freedom Writers" on her battle with depression. The book will be released in the spring of 2022, and Land was one of just 50 students selected for the book.

The Freedom Writers Foundation will produce the book. The Freedom Writers were a group of students in Long Beach, California in 1994 who were considered "unteachable." Teacher Erin Gruwell helped turn their life around through literature and writing. The story inspired a 2007 movie starring Hillary Swank as Gruwell.

Land credits 6th grade English teacher Tammy Purrington in helping turn her own life around and assisting her with the book entry. 

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