What started as a class project for a group of freshmen at Webster Schroeder High School has become a link to the community.
For half of last school year, the students learned about the different stages of the “Hero’s Journey,” a model first introduced by mythologist Joseph Campbell. After researching examples of this in modern books and media in their enriched English classes, they each wrote their own stories about heroes of their choice.
Students voted for the best stories to go into the book. Out of a group of about 60 stories, only 12 made the cut.
Each tale was then compiled into a 377-page book called “Forged Through Trials: Tenders of the Embers” which is now available for loan at the Penfield Public Library and the Webster Schroeder school library. Students held a book signing when it was published in May and donated a copy to the Penfield library on Aug. 24.
The stories themselves are a reflection of the teens who wrote them.