1999: two of my senior portraits, heehee
But miraculously, my high school students are very different than High School Claire, cause man did they blow me (and everyone else) away when they took on that very task.
Over the course of the semester, my ROOTS students have been writing stories and poems about their incarcerated family members. Some were present for their parent's arrest, others spent much of their childhood visiting their fathers or mothers in state prison, some have been incarcerated themselves.
The auditorium was overflowing, and there were at least 40 people standing. I can hardly conceive of the bravery it must have taken for these teenagers to share their words. I wish you all could have been there, but here are some short clips to give you an idea of what it was like:
Can you see why I'm such a proud mama hen?