Exploring Our Communities

Student photo essay project


We are all from somewhere, east, west, north or south.  We have a place where we have grown up and experienced life.  A place where we have lived, and that helped make us who we are today.  This place has people, places and activities.  It is our community.

Tell us about a special person who makes your part of the world different.  They may be world famous or just known in your neighborhood.  What jobs do people do in your community that are unusual or make a difference?  Are those  jobs that you would like to do?  Does music, art or theatre play a role in what makes your town special?  Are their places or buildings that identify your community?  Does your community care about your health? What initiatives can you find in your community that promote good health?

Look around and see what your special place has to offer.   Give us 5-7 photos with captions plus 80-120 words describing some aspect that makes your community special.  Submit it to Dataseam by December 9th.  Your entries will be judged and prizes awarded by December 16th.

We encourage teachers to put the power of words, images and the internet to work by incorporating student created publications in positive, powerful presentations.


Project Winners

Grades K-3

1st place Erik Church - Jackson Ind.

2nd place tie Hannah Turner  - Jackson Ind.

2rd place tie Dawnovan Noble - Jackson Ind.

2rd place Lucas Raleigh - Jackson Ind.

Grades 4-8

1st place Abby Keeton - Morgan

2nd place Abby Ross - Morgan

Grades 9-12

1st place Rylan Tuohy - Muhlenberg

2nd place Ashley Walsh - Muhlenberg

3nd place tie Miranda Lear - Muhlenberg

3rd place tie Victoria Hollan - Jackson Ind.

The individual winners will be contacted via email for detailed information to ship your prizes.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the participants for the great entries and stories.

See all the Exploring Our Communities entries

Project Dates

Project Announcement: Monday Nov. 7, 2011

Submission Open:  Nov. 7 thru Dec. 9, 2011

Judging: Dec. 12-16

Announcement of winners:  Friday Dec 16, 2011

Who Can Enter

The project is open to students  in grades K-12 from all participating Dataseam school districts.

Project Details

Project Rules


Photo Essay Entries

Grades K-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Contact project coordinator with questions: randy.evans@kydataseam.com

Exploring Our Communities

Student Photo Essay Project

Erik Church - Jackson Independent