High School Students Publish Book After Year-Long Voice of Witness Course

It’s a proud moment for the VOW Education Program.

After over a year of rigorous oral history work, the students at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Chicago have just published a book of stories from their school community: 111th & Roberts: Where Our Stories Intersect.

The book is the product of a year-long course, created in partnership with Voice of Witness, to honor the legacy of the late Mary Ogarek, a beloved Stagg High teacher. Putting their oral history learning into practice, the students honed their interview, transcription, and editing skills to put together this stunning collection of stories.

VOW’s education team is currently working with Stagg teachers Lisa Thyer and Chris Wendelin to develop a curriculum kit that will lay out a path for other educators to design their own versions. The kit will contain some “greatest hits” from their lesson plans and will be available for free download on the VOW website. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the book and learn about their process here.

All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Voice of Witness and to the Mary Ogarek Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Scroll to view pictures from the release party that took place on May 11.

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