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Monday, January 28, 2008

Our Soil Project

Local architect Christine Vargas has started Our Soil Project, a new non-profit organization that helps "empower underprivileged children around the world by helping them develop technical, vocational, and photography skills. We serve disenfranchised children in marginalized areas of the world through high impact workshops aimed at inspiring self-reliance and sustainability." Upcoming workshops will be held throughout Tanzania in the near future.

Our Soil Project's first workshop was with non-native English speaking students at Hudson High School. From the description of the Hudson High School Community Service Learning Project:

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Our Soil Project worked with students who benefit from ELL (English Language Learner's) instruction. Each student was given a camera, instruction, and the ability to document their lives through a medium that extends beyond a language.

The results of this first project will be exhibited at the Boston Society of Architects this Wednesday, January 30, from 6:00 to 9:00.

Boston Society of Architects

52 Broad Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA

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