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DPS Educator Writes a Novel to Improve Conversations on Race in the Community

Jasmine Rainey, Denver Public Schools alumna and Denver Scholarship Foundation college advisor at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, recently published her first novel entitled “Journey to the High Road: Lessons Learned with Alyson & Friends”. According to Rainey, the purpose of the novel is to improve race relations in her community and society.

The novel was inspired by her seventh-grade teacher when she was in school, who assigned an essay to write about the life of Anne Frank. In her essay, Rainey wrote about a Jewish girl who lived and learned firsthand about the Holocaust from her aunt. Rainey’s teacher was so impressed by her essay that she entered it into a writing contest about Anne Frank, and Rainey won first place.

“I decided to pursue my passion of writing after I found the essay amidst some paperwork one day,” said Rainey. “I chose to build a novel upon the original story by adding four more stories that focused on teens from various ethnic backgrounds who learn to overcome racism through love, faith, knowledge and forgiveness.”

During her time as a student at DPS, Rainey attended then Smith Renaissance School of the Arts, Hill Middle School and George Washington High School. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with honors with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and technical communication.

The novel is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to charity and causes fighting racism. For more information, contact Rainey at jasmine_rainey@dpsk12.org.