Growing up in Oakland and being a product of Oakland public schools, I’ve seen a lot of struggle in this city. We all feel it here, some more than others, and inevitably discouragement kicks in. We want to give up trying, move elsewhere, or simple just ignore it all.
I had the privilege to spend an afternoon photographing a class from Prescott Elementary School on a science field trip to the Lawrence Berkeley Lab orchestrated by Faith Network, a faith based non-profit that supports Oakland public schools. It was so impressive to see two dozen 4th graders don lab coats, be declared scientists and be guided through several hands on experiments by the lab’s instructors. The students loved it! They were curious, engaged, and memorized by the science before them, I even learned a thing or two as well!
The students, the staff, their teachers, and hopeful now all of us, can see these students as something bigger than we could ever imagine. This is a different face to Oakland. This is a symbol of what could be and is. Our city and our kids need us present, digging our heels in and focusing on consistently and diligently being responsible for the place we live in, not turning a blind eye hoping someone else will.
Here is the post the Berkeley Lab posted on their web newsletter as well: LBL
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