Our (still unnamed; any ideas, people?) writing program with KIPP STRIVE Academy has progressed swimmingly.
While we’re taking a break right now (that pesky school schedule is really putting a damper on things), the students have conducted their interviews, written their accounts, and are currently polishing their second drafts.
We can’t show you any of their work yet, but we were lucky enough to have our (talented photographer) friend Ajay Pillarisetti document our last meeting.
This is Amanda and her student, Misha. Amanda is the senior editor of Atlanta Magazine and the meanest person I know. Can’t you just see it in her eyes?
Here KIPPster Rani is telling his partner, Jon, to focus on the work at hand. Jon is probably talking about birds again.
I can’t say anything glib here — I love this photo too much. Way to be my kryptonite, Naima and Kimberly.
Matt and his partner, Mohammed, compare notes on how awesome the Kim King Foundation is for sponsoring this project. Well, maybe they’re talking about Mohammed’s story, but probably not.
We won’t meet again with the students until July. In the meantime Lain and I will be working on the nuts and bolts of the publication. We’ve been so encouraged so far, by both our volunteers and students (and especially the KIPP STRIVE staff), it’s hard to have to wait so many weeks to meet again.
While we’re waiting, what should we call this program? Ideas that have been bandied about:
Gumshoes, Shoo Flys, Raconteurs, Correspondents, Fabulists, Bird Dogs, any combination of anything.