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Easter Seals Projects from College of DuPage Photojournalism Students




2011 Easter Seals Invitation
"Christian-Marc" © Becky Davis

Congratulations to all the College of DuPage Photojournalism and Portrait students who participated in the 12th annual Easter Seals Exhibition, “Striving Towards Independence”, which opens Wednesday, October 26th at Easter Seals DuPage in Villa Park.

This year 21 families collaborated with our students to produce the show. Students in the Photojournalism class produced printed photo essays as well as Sound Slides and Final Cut Express multimedia stories, which are featured here. The Portrait students made environmental portraits of their subjects on location.

Mary Alice D’Arcy, Past President of Easter Seals DuPage, said, “These photographs give our families hope that their child, although diagnosed with a special need, can still achieve much in their life and have a chance to participate in everyday activities. For people who see the photographs, it reminds them that our services are offered to children who are children first. It just happens that their child’s body works differently than some other kids.”

The students’ images will be on display at Easter Seal DuPage for one year. Besides illustrating how COD students give back to their community, this public service project is a visual acknowledgment of our multi-talented students, The 24 x 36” photographs on display also serve a very important purpose for Easter Seals and its families.

“It’s a wonderful collaboration that demonstrates how children with disabilities live and play within their communities,” said Sara Cohen, Vice-President of Development for Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region.  “It also heightens public awareness of the accomplishments of our clients.”

To learn more about Photojournalism at College of DuPage, contact Terry Vitacco at .The next Photojournalism class will be held in the Spring 2012 semester. Register early to be part of this enlightening humanitarian project.

See a video about the Easter Seals Project on the Silicon & Silver blog.

See Chicago's ABC Channel 7's News TV piece about the Easter Seals Project.




Sound Slides stories produced by the 2011 Photojournalism class; click each image to view the story in a new page

Becky Davis

Bethany Foy

Chris Johnson

Nancy Kerner

Indre Pauraite

Nicole Vertucci

John Smith

Jen Prucha

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