The Through Students' Eyes photography exhibit is on display now at the CSU Library. The photos were taken by several students from Lincoln-West High School in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. These juniors and seniors snapped pictures with point-and-shoot cameras in the effort answer these questions: What purpose does school serve in your life? What pushes you away from school? What helps you achieve academically?
Each photo bears a caption such as "Teachers that Trust You", "The Glue in my Life", "Working Hard", and "People From Different Backgrounds Come Together", and each photo includes a short explanation of what the image means. Xidi Z. writes about his photo, Teachers That Trust You:
This is Tony "Fresh" Velez, and he is part of CCB (Cleveland City Breakers), a break dancing group, and he is also in drama club at Lincoln-West. The drama teacher lets him do his break dancing and plan all the dancing in school plays, even in the Christmas Carol play. Some teachers may not trust you enough to do that. But that's what keeps guys like him in school.Don't miss this brief glimpse into the the live's of Cleveland's school children.
The Through Students' Eyes project was conceived by local educators and community activists:
- James Harmon is a veteran city teacher who was laid off recently from Lincoln-West, and now helps train new teachers at Cleveland State University.
- Kristien Marquez-Zenkov is a former teacher who directs an urban teaching program at Cleveland State University.
- Piet Van Lier is a reporter, photographer, and associate editor at Catalyst Cleveland.