When It Comes to Pride in Their Neighborhood, Third Graders at Chavez Elementary Say It Loud!

At Chavez Elementary, third-grade teachers Ashley McCall and Lindsey Singer and their students capped the year with a joint project: the online magazine Dilo Fuerte/Say It Loud. The magazine, written in Spanish and English, features book reviews, poetry, stories and interviews from leaders and activists in Back of the Yards, across the South and Southwest Sides of Chicago, and around the world.

Chavez third-grader Damien Zapata interviews David Castro, education organizer with the Southwest Organizing Project.

As the year ended, the third-graders celebrated the launch of their magazine at an assembly for all of the school’s kindergarten through fourth-graders.

Emcees Pedro Martinez and Melany Garcia welcome students, staff, families, and community members to the Say It Loud Publishing Presentation in English and Spanish.

Newly-elected 20th ward alderman, Jeanette Taylor, who was interviewed for the magazine, made a special appearance.

Print copies of the magazine were distributed to the student contributors and their families. Seeing their work in print was a big thrill for the young writers, poets and photographers!

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a senior writer and editor at Education Post, but before that she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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