"I chose this photo because it shows the emptiness of some of our classrooms. Out of all the pics this one means the most to me because this one is the most symbolic. Personally I don't like the idea of looking into an empty classroom."
I was informed that our greenhouse has been broken for years. Why hasn't such a rare piece of equipment in a public school been repaired? More students than you would think enjoy handling plants and watching them grow is just as enjoyable. Plenty of schools have gardening clubs and with our own greenhouse, we could grow much rarer and delicate plants than any school without a greenhouse could imagine. Capturing students attention through any means is key to academic success.
When my brother who is now 29 went here, he told me that this school was crazy. He told me that the teachers didn't care enough about the kids' education. There were a lot of illegal things taking place in the hallways, instead of learning in class. All the students that were attending Luke at the time were considered 'bad kids' because of the choices that got them there. Now that I go here, I can actually say that Luke C. Moore has changed inside and out. Kids are no longer concerned with what's going on in the hallways. Graduating is their main priority. When he told me all the experiences he had in my school, I was more proud than judgmental because anyone can see that Luke has changed as a school and as a community.
This photo shows that with this program students can now start benefiting from the extra-curriculars [the New Ballou] has to offer. They have PSAT prep classes, cooking classes. Students can now do things that [the old Ballou] didn't have.
Everyone in the building of Luke Moore shows each student much love. I took this photo because even though we all go through things and get mad at each other we still have love for one another. This photo was taken in the hall at the administrative office. This photo shows a lot of emotion. It shows my shadow in the view, the way I'm holding the camera, and the colors express strength.
I took this picture because in life you’re gonna need to be responsible when you get older and start to do things by yourself. You don’t need your mom and dad no more, you step into the streets and take responsibility for the things you do and how you do it.
I took this picture because I believe that graduation is very important. Also I would like to see my name and my peers on this wall. The stair rail in this picture symbolizes our path to graduation. The angle of the picture is looking up which symbolizes once we graduate that we’re at the top. Luke C. Moore is here to help me get my credits faster. They give me the classes I need not all the other run-arounds, meaning that they get straight to the point and give me only the classes I NEED!
I took these pictures during class, first period. This photo of my fellow classmates shows them walking through the hall during class time instruction. There is no teacher to guide them to class. They are in the hall because of the extended time in class -- they get bored and restless and then they walk in the hallway or in someone else’s class or they talk on the phone. They miss quality instruction when they are roaming the halls. I think the students should get a 5 to 10 minute break during class to go to the bathroom or get some water. I think the students would stay in class if they had a break and they would be refreshed and probably pay better attention. I understand that we are not at an elementary school, but I would recommend that we have a break because 2 and a half hours of class straight is a lot!
Pros: Small classes, safe environment, friendly community, wonderful teachers. Cons: Poor. My school can be described as small and poor, but engaging. Teachers make sure to create a fun working environment, although funding is low. They never give up on the class even if they’re unable to afford certain supplies. In this photo Charlotte is learning how to measure calories with just a chip, a can of boiling water, and a lighter.
Cardozo is known to have one of the best views of the city. With such a great view, why does our school have to be so low? Like any other DCPS, we're considered a 'bad' school. DCPS has just as much potential as any other school system. We should have higher self-esteem and pride in our school.
It is a shame that every time you open your locker, you see curse words and names of imaginary people. Our lockers are something we see everyday. If students cared for their school, such atrocities would not have been created. I think if school became more interesting, people would not develop enough boredom to deface school property. If DCPS had enough extracurricular programs that interested the majority of the student population, most people wouldn't have the energy or come up with the idea to destroy their own school.
Youthbuild is the program I attend to get my GED. It's a good program so if you're not doing anything in school or something, come here, it's a good program. YouthBuild is a public charter school where you can get your GED and HVAC. You get skills like construction and community service. Also, when I leave YouthBuild, I will not only have my GED but some construction skills as well.
This is a picture of a student and a staff member working together to get 'er done. At YouthBuild, the teachers really care about their students, whether they are Hispanic, black or whatever else you might be. I took this picture around 4:30, late in the afternoon. It shows that there is a lot of after school activity, when the bell rings, not a lot of people leave. A lot of people tend to stay around because they want to get extra help and the teachers are there to give it.
This is a picture of being positive, not negative. This sign is in the building of my GED program. It makes me feel like I need to make sure everyone has a positive attitude, and if they don't, I need to make them smile. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. YouthBuild is a positive place for youth from 16-24, it helps you get your GED, prepares you for jobs and gives you skills in construction.
Some are trying to get out of here, some have nowhere else to go. Some want to call somewhere else home, some don't really have that choice. In this photo it seems like another teen in D.C. trying to find his way out.