이 고등학생들은 대유행 중 힘든 경험을 강력한 회고록으로 바꿨습니다.

가족을 돌보기 위해 떠난 십대. 믿음을 찾은 사람, 그의 아버지가 중독으로 재발하는 것을 지켜본 또 다른 사람은. They are the firsthand accounts of a group of New Jersey high school students living during the pandemic, brought together in one powerful memoir.

The idea for the memoir came from Shawn Adler, an English teacher at Cliffside Park High School, who wanted to document what his students were going throughboth as a way for them to take ownership of their experiences and to share it with the world through creative writing.
I was devastated to know that they were going through this, and many of them are going through this feeling alone.Adler said. “알 잖아, your first reaction as a teacher is always, ‘What can I do? 내가 어떻게 도움이 될 수 있습니다?'”
Adler, a former journalist, said his students were over the moon with the idea.
    All profits from the sale of the books, which are also in a double volume, will go toward a student scholarship fund.

    I was expecting them to roll their eyes. I was expecting them to give me the teenage cynicism,” 그는 말했다. “They were so immediately on board with the project, I was flabbergasted.
    학생들’ accounts are actually part of a second volume of stories, “The Class of Covid-19: Second Wave,” published by Adler, which came out this month. The first volume, “The Class of Covid-19: Insights from the Inside,” came out in June with contributions from 46 재학생. A deluxe edition with both volumes was released in January as well.
    After what Adler described in the book’s introduction as anever-ending roller coaster due to COVID,” 그만큼 24 memoirs in the second volume are a bit darker than the first.
    Adler said new students reached out to him wanting to share their experiences, so he spoke to the administration about publishing the second volume.
    I approached the administration and they were really on board and it became a club.Adler says he contacted all the new kids who weredesperate to tell their storiesand did thesame thing again.
    In the second volume, 16-year-old Wilbert Alvarez writes he and the other five members of his immediate family caught Covid-19 at the same time.
    Wilbert Alvarez virtually edits his entry.

    Wilbert explained that when his parents grew feeble, he had to take on their responsibilities.
    그 “had to think about the incoming bills, because they weren’t working,” 그가 썼어. The food supply at home dwindled, and he had to make a trip to the grocery store with his sister, putting on two masks andall kinds of protective gear.
    There was truly no one left to care for us when we needed care the most,” Wilbert wrote.
    While Wilbert dealt with the physical effects of the virus, Sofia Loiacono struggled with the mental and emotional effects.
    Sofia, 17, a competitive dancer, 그것을 썼다 “everything in the dance world shut down.” 그녀의 어머니, Nancy Loiacono, said not dancing for months left Sofiasad and exhausted and drained.
    Loiacono said publishing the memoirs gave Sofia and her classmates a sense of relief.
    You see them brighten up, you see them sit up straighter, you see them speak more eloquently about their experiences,” Loiacono said.
    Adler said the book encouraged students to control their own narrative after months of living through the pandemic.
    They kept feeling powerless,” Adler said. “그리고 나는 생각했다, what an opportunity to share their stories and share their voices and to claim some of that power back from the universe.
    Student Julianna Baldwin said that’s exactly how she felt when she contributed to the memoir.
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    I was feeling helpless,” the 16-year-old said. “By me writing this book, it was giving me the potential to help even one person by sharing my story. And that filled me with the strength to keep going every day.
    Sixteen-year-old Nareg Kassardjian said writing about the impact Covid-19 had on his Christian faith was healing.
    No one ever asked, ‘How do you feel about church being closed? Or how are you feeling?'” Nareg said. The writing waslike therapy,” 그는 말했다, and helped him appreciate going to church: “You never know the true worth of something until you lose it.
      In the books is also a memoir from Benjamin Luderer, a beloved teacher and coach who died in March due to complications from Covid-19.
      The books can be purchased on Amazon, and according to Adler, 100% of the profits will go toward a scholarship fund for the students.

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