New Voices: Gardens that nurture growth and change

The Eastsider
August 7, 2011

“This spring found the 10th grade students in Mary Hayes’ English Language Skills class at Roosevelt High writing chapters for their version of Seedfolks, a novel that describes how a garden transforms lives and an inner-city neighborhood. Working with the 826LA literacy and tutoring center, the Roosevelt High writers in Boyle Heights were encouraged to draw upon their own experiences for their fictional stories that would become chapters. ‘The students brought their characters to the garden during challenging times, giving them a chance to grow and change in positive ways and become a truly valued part of a community,’ according to information provided by 826LA.”

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