A picture is worth a thousand words, which may be why promoting literacy with photography is causing excitement at one elementary school.
At LH Williams Elementary School in Macon, GA, fifth graders arrived to find mysterious packages on their library tables.
Students opened up the packages when the teacher gave the ok, and found cameras.
After learning the basics of using a camera, including using a strap and keeping the lens clear, kids learned their mission – document their school and the neighborhood where they live with photographs, and tell a story using cameras. The 30 cameras were donated by the Downtown Rotary Club.
One of the project’s organizers, Horace Holmes, has been a professional photographer for most of his life. He remembers when he was first given a camera in 1967 and took and developed his first photograph.
“They told me to go out and take a picture of something so I went and photographed a Mona Lisa. It was a fire hydrant! It was my Mona Lisa, you know? And I came back, and when it came through the chemicals to this day was like wow!” Today, he wants children to experience that wow moment.