Every year Rosey Comfort takes her advanced creative writing class from Westview High School in Beaverton, Oregon, to the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit. After experiencing the exhibit as a group, the students immerse themselves in a place that particularly touched them, taking in the faces, the voices, the sounds, the textures, and the smells. Then they reach into themselves and do what many of us cannot do—they find the words to voice to their feelings, thoughts, and insights.
They write about their sadness, their anger, their shock, their guilt—and their resolve to do something about what they have experienced.
Read excerpts from some of the entries the class compiled into a book they titled The Aftermath.
To the Child of a Broken World by Simona Patange
Seven Hours by Ana Munoz
Walk This Way, Please by Kaylee Stocker
From Paradise to Nightmare by Steve Chandravongsri
It’s Real Life by Kayla Quinney
What Should I Do? by Alex Simich
REAL. LIFE. Reflections by Cristobal Herrera
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