Liberty HS to Use Cameras to Develop Language Skills and Literacy

Sharpstown-area campus is only HISD school to receive this level of support in 2012

March 26, 2012

Students at HISD's Liberty High School will soon be using the lens of a camera to refocus their efforts on learning English.

On Feb. 23, the campus received a $7,500 grant from FotoFest International to support language acquisition and literacy skills through photography. Students will use cameras as tools of self-expression to develop a greater understanding of their studies in the classroom and improve their grasp of English.

The grant was presented to Principal Liberty High School Principal Monico Rivas by Fotofest Board President Gregory Spier and Literacy Through Photography (LTP) Director Kristen Skarbovig.

The school will receive extra resources, training, and classroom support to expand and deepen the use of the LTP program at the school, which is coordinated by lead English teacher Shirley Lyons.

Liberty is the only HISD campus to receive this level of support from FotoFest for the current school year. Other district schools involved in the LTP program include: Davis HS, Helms Community Learning Center, Roberts ES, Twain ES, and T.H. Rogers.

An exhibit showcasing the work of all students in the LTP program will be on display at FotoFest headquarters (1113 Vine, 77002) May 12–26.