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Student photographers offer unique perspective on their community

The brainchild of state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, the project challenged students to share their personal views of our community through a series of photographs.Their work - featuring scenes of hope, despair and pride - was recently on display at Binghamton’s First Friday at Enviren Calibrations, 202 State Street. View gallery

Students took more than 4,000 photographs during a series of outings throughout the Triple Cities. They then scrutinized each for quality, composition and message, winnowing the collection to 27 images to exhibit that best illustrate the key themes.

"It gives us an opportunity to see things from a new perspective," Lupardo said of the student exhibit. "And it also gives those of us in policy positions perhaps some ideas on things that need further improvement. And there are certainly things that need improvement in our community."

P-TECH is a six-year, state grant-funded program that enables students to earn both a high school diploma and associate’s degree, the latter being at no cost. Students also work with several community partners to develop professional skills. The grant was awarded to the Binghamton City School District in partnership with Broome-Tioga BOCES, 11 area school districts, SUNY Broome Community College, and business partners such as Lockheed Martin, Delta Engineers, Bothar Construction and Lourdes Hospital.