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ONE in THREE: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis



By Kathleen Storey, Marketing Intern

Aurora, Age 18. Photograph courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

Duval County is at a critical crossroads for improving public education. Therefore, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund has launched a year-long campaign called ONE by ONE in order to bring the community together with hopes of improving public education and lowering the dropout rate. However, in order to get the public school system it needs, Jacksonville needs civic interest in education. Thus, ONE by ONE was born.

Travis, Age 20. Photograph courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

This empowering campaign begins at The Cummer on August 12 and runs through December 20 with the exhibition, ONE in THREE: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis. The title, “ONE in THREE,” refers to the fact that one out of every three high school students does not graduate on time, if at all. In this exhibition, 20 young people will tell their incredible stories of the challenges and successes they faced in order to complete their education through photograph and video.

Ezequiel, Age 11. Photograph courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

After the exhibition’s three-month stay at The Cummer, it will spend the remainder of the year (through August 2012) traveling throughout Jacksonville as a platform for dialogue and engagement. As the exhibition moves around the city, the stories of these students will awaken the community to the fact that we can only solve this problem face to face, voice by voice and ONE by ONE.

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