Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Not to Worry: Students Get the Picture with Own Cameras

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Not to Worry: Students Get the Picture with Own Cameras

Article excerpt

Carol Brady admits she was a little worried about hiring six

high school students to shoot photographs for a public city

report.

"I took my own camera, just in case they didn't show up," said

Brady, grant writer for the Jacksonville Children's Commission.

The commission, a quasi-independent arm of the city, funds 50

children's programs serving 28,000 Jacksonville children. It

also subsidizes 500 child-care centers for 5,000 children.

To expand its commitment to recognize the importance of

children by using them in programs, this year the commission

hired photography students to supply art for the commission's

annual report, which highlights programs included in the

commission's $18 million annual budget.

The 30-page booklet-form report will be released in March.

The commission encourages hiring youth or using youth

volunteers at Boys and Girls Clubs. Hiring students for the

report was an extension of that.

"This is another opportunity to promote youth as assets in our

community," said Pam Nussbaum, the commission's director of

program services.

Students, from advanced photography programs at Mandarin High

School and First Coast High School, participated in what was

their first-ever paid assignment. And they fared well, shooting

loads of pictures of children involved in different commission

programs, including day-care centers, YWCAs, Boys and Girls

Clubs and after-school activities.

"We were really impressed with them. They attacked this

assignment and were very professional and responsible," said

Brady.

To find students, Brady approached Mandarin High and First

Coast High, which have the district's only advanced photography

programs. Students had to own a camera, a car and be available

for afterschool assignments. …

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