West Riverside fourth-graders show off skills with photography exhibit

From outdoor landscapes to family photos, a series of photographs taken by West Riverside Elementary School fourth-graders were put on display at The Jessie Ball duPont Center last weekend. 

The exhibit was part of a grant-funded project provided by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund to Abby Solano, a teacher at the school’s Spanish and English dual language program. 

Solano was named the inaugural winner of the Wolfburg Fellowship for Social Justice in Education. The fellowship helped her purchase cameras for her students, bring in a professional photographer to speak to her class, lead a photography field trip to the downtown VyStar tower and feature the students’ work. 

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As part of an approach to diversity and inclusion within the classroom, the photography project let students document their lives and discuss their identities and family life with each other. 

“I’m so incredibly proud of my students’ work and growth this year,” Solano said. 

Emily Bloch is an education reporter for The Florida Times-Union. Follow her on Twitter or email her.

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