Bed-Stuy Eighth Graders Tell Their Stories in Published Book

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Every teen has a story to tell.

A group of eighth-graders from a Bedford-Stuyvesant school have become published authors with “330 Years of Experience,” an anthology of short memoirs hitting the shelves this week.

The 25 students from Unity Preparatory Charter School on Monroe Street will debut their work Wednesday at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena bookstore, which will host a reading.

Four eighth-grade classes participated in the exercise in early September, said teacher Leigh Conner, with kids working on their essays for nearly two months.

“The prompt was really to just write about your life, focusing on some important moments that changed their lives — not so much the moment but how it affected them,” Conner said.



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