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DHS Students’ Book Imparts Wisdom, Hope for Middle-Schoolers

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DHS Students’ Book Imparts Wisdom, Hope for Middle-Schoolers
Posted on 06/24/2015
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Some Deering High School students have written an anthology of stories to help middle school students make a successful transition from middle school to high school.

The book, titled “Fallen, Yet We Rise,” is for struggling middle school students in the district, said Tracey Menard, alternative education teacher. Her class completed it with the help of The Telling Room and a Portland Education Foundation grant, she said.

The DHS students wrote the following mission statement for their book:

“We wrote this book to help you make a successful transition from middle school to high school. We should know because in high school we really struggled at first and then got our acts together. We realized how our actions were going to affect our future. Another reason why we wrote this book is because high school is not what you stereotypically see on TV and movies. When you get to high school, you will not always have your friends in your classes. High school isn't only just focusing on your friends. High school has opportunities for you to explore what you want to do in life. Do you want your life to be a hard struggle or do you want to have some control over the outcome?”

Lincoln Middle School teacher Antona Briley received copies of the book and described the stories as “wonderful,” and said other LMS teachers also were very impressed with them. Briley said the book will be very useful for middle school students.

“I'm keeping one copy for my classroom and have passed four copies along to some students,” Briley said.

 Menard said of her students: “I am so proud of them.”

(The photo above was taken when Menard’s students presented  Kathy Randall, a social worker at Lincoln Middle School, with a copy of  “Fallen, Yet We Rise.” From left to right are Kathy Randall, Caleb Seeley, Benyamin Mamoudi, Deanna Chhay, Sophie Nelson (a local writer), Tracey Menard, Cody McCann, and Anthony Machiavelli and (front and center) Nathan Zazzara.)