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2009-10-01MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Rural School Challenges

That's one of the messages last night in Maryville from educator and social activist Erin Gruwell. She's the real-life teacher as portrayed by Academy Award-Winner Hilary Swank. Gruwell says changing troubled students lives is not just a Harlem or Los Angeles issue. Grewell's "Freedom Writers Foundation" teaches students and teachers how to put their personal challenges and stories down on paper to begin to change themselves.