5th Grade Photojournalism Program: Seeing is Believing Public Exhibition
The cost of 60 picture frames, matting, and photo printing paper is $587, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
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The Luci S. Houston Photography Project provides cameras and hands-on instruction to thirty students at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Heartwood Academy in East San Jose. Students participate in an eleven-week Saturday trimester elective photography class called "Seeing is Believing."
As a photojournalism project, students document a bridge in their school backyard linking the Latino epicenter of the Mayfair Neighborhood with the outer rim of Vietnamese residents. Using photography as a vehicle for activism, students will "show and tell" stories about their community for a San Jose audience at a public exhibition. We are seeking resources--photo printing paper, picture frames and matting--to exhibit student work at the Martin Luther King Jr./ San Jose State University Library.
To better serve individual student needs, we partner students with sponsors - professional local journalists - who serve as mentors and work in tandem with teachers and parents. For example, at Open House on March 5, 2005, students, parents, and sponsors gathered to review the 2002 Mercury News special report, "Making it in Mayfair", as a starting point for the student photojournalism project. In response, parents and students critiqued initial coverage of their neighborhood--which serves as an entry point for so many immigrants who often share housing and work several jobs to make ends meet.
Although there are no official tallies, community organizers approximate that forty percent of the immigrants in the Mayfair may be undocumented. Mexicans tend to live in the older houses and apartments--in the center of the neighborhood--while the growing Asian population has been attracted by new housing developments behind cinder-block walls on the outskirts of the district.
KIPP Heartwood Academy is a public, college-preparatory middle school in the Alum Rock School District serving 78 fifth grade students. 100% of students are of color and 75% receive Free/Reduced Lunch. Over two-thirds of students are designated English Language Learners.
ABOUT LUCI S. HOUSTON (1958 - 2001):
"Photography and especially photojournalism is about living in the moment. Live your life just like that, appreciating and remembering every moment," Luci said.
Luci never photographed subjects. She took pictures of people.
As a universal language, her pictures transcend social segregation and foster understanding. In memoriam, The Luci S. Houston Photography Project at KIPP Heartwood Academy preaches her gospel of photography and life to a congregation of underserved students who are well schooled in the verse "Seeing is believing."
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