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The Neighborhood Story Project

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Back in 2004, before Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of many of New Orleans' neighborhoods and schools, three local writing teachers started a new kind of "book club." Instead of reading books, club members (students in many of the area's struggling public schools) were paid to document their experiences and write autobiographical books about their communities. On the eve of Hurricane Katrina, the books published by the Neighborhood Story Project had already become local bestsellers. This feature from WhatKidsCanDo.org documents the project's success and recovery.

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The NCLB Act has caused excessive pressure to be placed on schools, teachers, parents and most of all students. Nobody Left Behind, One Child's Story About Testing was published to give the student a VOICE in a dialogue that needs to take place.

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