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A Kid's Eye View: Youth Photography
The cost of ten Point & Shoot Cameras from Nasco is $352, 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>.
I teach black and white photography at the middle school-high school level in the Bay View Hunters Point community in San Francisco (Gloria R. Davis). Our community has a lot of history that is simply not voiced in the average history or language Arts class at our school. Hunters Point is pretty much the only Black neighborhood left in San Francisco and is in danger of gentrification. Through my photography class, I encourage students to think about and document the things that evoke emotion for them. Photography is a very engaging outlet for my students.
I am requesting a class set of decent cameras for my students so that they can check cameras out and explore the their surroundings outside of the school and school yard. In order for my students to document their lives to the best of their ability and for the education of all they must have access to the equipment necessary. Currently I have two photography classes with a total of 23 students.
I believe that photography has a very vital place in educating our youth. Photography holds no judgment of failure for our youth and its projects are quite achievable and oftentimes new. Photography can give our youth positive voice in which they can begin to express themselves. It has a connection with English, Science and Social Studies, and it is my goal as a youth focused educator to help foster this collaboration and build a sustainable desire to utilize positive mediums for expression.
I am requesting 10 point and shoot cameras with zoom lens capability. We do not need anything very fancy. Just basic cameras that can capture every day life in both close up and landscape shots. I would love for my students to have the chance to get out in their community for the purpose of documenting for social change. Once again, I believe photography, when combined with the written language, is the ideal medium.
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