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Unique Ink and Roosevelt Writing Center

Roosevelt has the highest percentage of limited English proficiency of high school students in the Portland School District. Many of our African and Hispanic students live in households that do not speak English as their native language. We have a significant influx of refugees and immigrants from many countries in Africa, and Central and South America, Many of these students also arrive at our school traumatized by issues like war and dislocation. 


For the past three years, through support of the Writing and Publishing Center, students interview and capture the stories of local freedom fighters from various cultural communities and generations. In November 2014, 100 Roosevelt students interviewed a record 18 Freedom Fighters. 


The interviews are featured in a keepsake booklet and an extraordinary museum-quality traveling exhibit that visits libraries, churches and civic groups, including the Oregon Historical Society. 


For the past three years, through support of the Writing and Publishing Center, students interview and capture the stories of local freedom fighters from various cultural communities and generations. In November 2014, 100 Roosevelt students interviewed a record 18 Freedom Fighters. 


The interviews are featured in a keepsake booklet and an extraordinary museum-quality traveling exhibit that visits libraries, churches and civic groups, including the Oregon Historical Society. 


For the past three years, through support of the Writing and Publishing Center, students interview and capture the stories of local freedom fighters from various cultural communities and generations. In November 2014, 100 Roosevelt students interviewed a record 18 Freedom Fighters. 


The interviews are featured in a keepsake booklet and an extraordinary museum-quality traveling exhibit that visits libraries, churches and civic groups, including the Oregon Historical Society. 


Roosevelt High School is committed to developing a culturally responsive Writing & Publishing Center that will help our students improve and highlight writing and presentation skills. 

The center serves four distinct functions:
1. Enhancing writing skills that are now REQUIRED for graduation, and essential for college and career;
2. Raising the visibility of youth voice and increasing student engagement in writing about issues that matter to them;
3. Sustaining near-peer mentoring opportunities; and
4. Engaging students in emerging forms of digital and print communication as a way to address equity in tech access.

The Writing and Publishing Center gives power and purpose to writing that extends way beyond the classroom and can positively affect students the rest of their lives.

"It feels like a family that is here to help you when you need it. There are mistakes that everybody makes in their writing. They just help you figure out what mistakes you make and they show you how to fix them." ~ student Andrew Cha