This cinema verite documentary follows 7 grade school students in 4 schools as they progress through the school year. The purpose of the film was to explore the impact of a multi-year federal grant designed to improve educational opportunities throughout Chicago Public Schools. As co-producer and co-director, I used my editor's sensibility in the field, mindful of the story lines that were emerging in the edit suite while also staying open what was developing in front of us. What emerged was a moving and insightful portrait of four different school communities. This section is near the beginning of the film, and introduces two of the schools.

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