Educator Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers Foundation will be special guest at an anti-bullying showcase Wednesday at Homestead Senior High School.
Students have organized the event, which will benefit gay-straight alliances at Homestead, Central, Edison and Northwestern high schools.
Here’s the news release from SAVE, the event’s sponsor:
SAVE to Sponsor Anti-Bullying Showcase & Gay-Straight Alliance Benefit at Homestead Senior High School Featuring the Freedom Writers' Erin Gruwell
HOMESTEAD, FL -- South Florida LGBT-rights group SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) announced today its sponsorship of "Springtime Freedom," an anti-bullying showcase to be held this Wednesday evening at Homestead Senior High School in South Dade.
The showcase will feature an appearance by Erin Gruwell, the renowned California high school teacher portrayed by actress Hillary Swank in the 2007 drama Freedom Writers, based off of Gruwell's experiences.
The effort, organized by students, is overseen by Homestead High teacher Aaron Bos-Lun. "On Wednesday night we will literally put on a stage voices that are too often silenced," he said. "This groundbreaking event will serve as a model for GSA collaboration, and lay the foundation for our network of safe spaces in high schools next year."
"That so many young people are engaged in the fight for equality fills me with great hope for the future," added SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. "I am so happy to see the initiative Aaronbegan last year to develop a network of GSA's at inner city schools finally coming to fruition in a big way."
The showcase will be held at Homestead Senior High School (2351 SE 12th Ave, Homestead, FL 33035) and will cost $5 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds will benefit the Gay-Straight Alliance at Homestead High, as well as the GSA's at Miami Central High, Miami Edison High, and Miami Northwestern High.