PORTLAND, Ore. — The students of Woodlawn Elementary in Northeast Portland looked perfect for picture day!
KGW investigative reporter Cristin Severance and photojournalist Gene Cotton, who are spending a year telling stories at the school, were there as students said "cheese" for their annual school pictures on Friday, September 27.
“They know this picture goes in the yearbook, it will be treasured by families. It’s just wonderful to see them so excited,” said Woodlawn vice-principal Alma Velasquez.
JT School and Sports Photography set up an RV outside of Woodlawn and classes took turns lining up outside of the bus, filing in and getting their pictures taken.
“The students step in and put on their best smile. The photographer does a great job bringing that out in them, in a very natural way,” said Velasquez
KGW is spending the 2019-2020 school year at Woodlawn Elementary School, telling stories of the staff, students, and community through the series “Inside Woodlawn.”
The first episode explained how the school is dealing with the gentrification of the Northeast Portland Woodlawn neighborhood inside and outside the school.
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