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photo by Ian Shrum: Abby, is my little sister, is in this picture…, Camp Discover, Tracey City Elementary School. June, 2013.

NEWS: Photographs by the Children of Camp Discover, 2013 – Please come and visit this exhibition: The public is invited to celebrate the exhibition with the children and families of Camp Discover on
4:30 to 6:30 PM, March 4, 2014
Stirling’s Coffee House, Georgia Avenue, Sewanee, TN.

Camp Discover is a two-week summer program for Tracy City Elementary School students in grades 1-3, and is designed to foster resilience by helping children and families feel connected to each other, their community , and the world. With an emphasis on exploring, sharing and celebrating the community’s stories and heritage, children are introduced to the fundamentals of image-making and telling stories through photographs. They reflect, sometimes by writing, on how shapes can look like things, how photographs can describe experiences, and how textures can make us feel. Together all of these help tell stories, recollect and share experience.

The program is part of an ongoing collaboration involving Scholastic, Yale Child Study Center, the University of the South, Tracy City Elementary School , and other local organizations. In addition to Camp Discover, a family cooperative program has been started to help build and strengthen supportive connections within the community . Windy Lopez, director of community affairs at Scholastic, added, “Seeing the proud and confident smiles on the faces of the children and families is what this is ultimately about.”

The project was directed by Tracey City Elementary School teachers Jan Roberts and Sherry Guyear, and could not have come about without the assistance of many other program staff, families and institutions ~ I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of this and thank my colleagues, particularly Sherry Guyear, Karen Yu and Linda Mayes. Most of all, the I wish to thank the Children of Camp Discover, 2013 ~ your stories and sense of wonder inspire us all!