Students from across the US have been answering that question with more clarity than we could have imagined when we launched the Through Your Lens Photo & Essay Contest several weeks ago.
With powerful images and vivid stories, students are giving us all a window into what our nation’s school buildings really look like. As the contest comes to a close, we’re working to bring many of these images to Congress, with an upcoming exhibit at the US Capitol and a book documenting the remarkable pictures and stories as our elected leaders debate legislation for school building maintenance and repair.
Here, we’ve excerpted a few of the many entries. You can find all of the photos and stories online at the Through Your Lens gallery.Bullet Hole? by Kristen from Scotts Valley
Classroom Decor. by Caitlin from Aurora.
Fresh Fruit in a Land of Fast Food. by Susana from Los Angeles.
Art in the Bathroom. by Reid from Charlottesville.