Callaway students’ photography showcased in Capitol Building today

tudents who took part in a discussion on social, health, community and teen issues through their photography will have their work displayed on its biggest stage yet.

Central Missouri Community Action will showcase the photography of 50 middle school students from Central Missouri — including seven from Callaway County — who participated in its PhotoVoice Project last year, 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol Building in Jefferson City.

A seven-week project funded through the Department of Social Services’ Community Services Block Grant, PhotoVoice is designed for middle-school students of diverse backgrounds to represent their communities through photography. Last spring, students from South Callaway and the Missouri School for the Deaf were provided with digital cameras and met weekly, with a number of photographs representing different social aspects of Callaway.

When interviewed in February 2013 about the then-pending project, CMCA Callaway Community Organizer Tad Dobyns told the Fulton Sun that for the county’s first round of participation in the program, he wanted to work with schools to give the project “an aspect of city and rural.” The seventh- through ninth-graders met for a number of classes and discussion periods to talk about their photos that illustrated a different theme for each week, including health, poverty and community needs.

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