Her poem Run Away Now, Dear and accompanying photograph were chosen for the cover of this year’s LTP student exhibition announcement card. Cards will be distributed in the next few weeks and exhibitions open at the end of July.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The results of the first “Literacy Through Photography” program in Philadelphia is being displayed at the galleries of Moore College of Art and Design.
Students in seven classrooms at five Philadelphia schools were given cameras and told to document what was around them and then write journal entries about their experiences. The result, says Moore galleries interim co-director Elizabeth Gilly, was not only interesting photographs, but increased literacy skills, better interaction and more self confidence. And the communities near the schools will also benefit.
“Twelve student photographs have been selected to be made into three-by-six foot banners and put down the street,” Gilly says.
Kathleen Troy 2011, William Cramp Elementary School
But Gilly says it’s about more than just a school assignment, “These kids are coming in with a whole new sense of confidence and a new ability to write in a different way and they’ve already improved in how they work together in the classroom.”
Ten-year-old Ashley Esperra of William Cramp Elementary School took photos of her teacher: “I took pictures of my teacher, because I wanted people to know about a teacher who inspired me to become a teacher myself.”
The last two weeks I have been traveling around the city, gathering our students’ photographs for formatting and printing. Needless to say the craziness is just beginning as we prepare final works for the exhibition and publication!
Over the next few weeks as we are busy printing, our blog will showcase writing samples and photographs taken by participating students from different classrooms as a sneak peek at what you will see during the exhibition. Some of these images you will see were chosen by students to be part of the exhibition while others were simply one of many taken during the course of the project.
This week will feature images by students at Dimner Beeber Middle School, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School and William Cramp Elementary.