I Am Writing this Out of Kindness and Sadness
Three fifth-grade classes at P.S. 316 Elijah G. Stroud school in Crown Heights contributed to this epistolary anthology which charts a bold course toward a more perfect world. Students grapple with issues of violence, politics, migration, public health, aesthetics, identity, education, nutrition, and fashion.
Their eclectic opinions are rooted in argumentative tactics and their appeals to power are clear. The beauty of the letters lies in the students' conviction. As Nijhae W. put it, "Even if you agree or disagree with me, I still think I have a point and I agree with myself even if you don't. I rest my case."
Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.