Victory Over Violence: Ed Smith students use photography to advocate for change

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Eighth-graders at Ed Smith School in Syracuse are using photography to advocate for a cleaner and safer neighborhood.  It is part of a new project called, “Through Our Eyes”. 

Eighty-five students spent several weeks taking photos of issues they noticed around their school, including areas plagued with graffiti, potholes, cracked sidewalks, and liquor bottles.

“There are homes by there, children too and we are by downtown, so people who visit Syracuse that’s the first thing they are going to see,” said eighth-grader Jayon Dykes.

Students hope their photos can raise awareness about the need for cleanups and improvements around their school to make it a safer place.  

They will present their photos and suggestions to the Syracuse Common Council in June.

The idea for the project was first presented to school officials by Syracuse Common Councilor LaToya Allen.  

Vice Principal Lessie Williams wrote a grant for the project and it was later funded by the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation.  

Thanks to the grant, Williams was able to purchase more than 20 cameras for students to take photos for the project.

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