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Monday, April 10, 2017

Community invited to April 25 presentation by author Jaycee Dugard

East Aurora High School’s Survivor Literature students will host author and abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hawks Auditorium at 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.

Dugard is the author of the book, “A Stolen Life” in which she details her abduction at the age of 11 and her 18 years in captivity.

Admission is $3 and can be reserved by emailing East Aurora High School teachers Shane Gillespie at or Sarah Gillespie at

Dugard’s presentation is the final part of the “Survivor Literature” project that includes an overnight lock-in event on April 22. The event, “A Stolen Night: 18 Hours for 18 Years”, is designed to raise funds and awareness for victims of abduction and sexual abuse.

Students created the lock-in event to raise the funds, as well as to raise awareness for these important issues. Approximately 170 students and faculty members will confine themselves to the East Aurora High School Field House for the evening.

About ‘Survivor Literature’ class
Service projects inspired by nonfiction novels have become a tradition since Shane Gillespie started the “Survivor Literature” course nine years ago. The senior-level class asks students to examine nonfiction novels about people who have overcome tremendous hardship.

At the beginning the year, students nominate a non-fiction book that could be a launching point for a voluntary, student-led independent study and service project.

In past years, Survivor Literature students have walked 16 miles to raise funds for mental illness and suicide prevention, traveled to Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Katrina; raised money to bring a Holocaust survivor to speak; heard from a blind man who survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; and slept on the football field overnight to better understand homelessness.

About the project
This year the class has focused on the topic of abduction and sexual abuse, and has read the book, “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard, in which she details her abduction at the age of 11 and her 18 years in captivity.

The participants will take part in a number of symbolically relevant activities. The purpose is to not only raise money and awareness, but also to emulate, in a very small way, all that Jaycee was forced to sacrifice.

Students are raising funds for her April 25th visit and have set up a Go Fund Me page at

For more information, contact Mr. Shane Gillespie at


Attachment: Jaycee Dugard Presentation

Posted on 4/10/2017
Last updated by Tom Jackson on 4/13/2017 2:04 PM

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