The second installment of the Rural Community Alliance's (RCA) "Student Lens Project" has been submitted. Funded through a Center for Midwestern Initiatives grant, Student Lens allows students involved with RCA's Youth Empowerment Network to address issues of importance through student-made films. The first installment, featured on this website, was produced by Arkansas' Gentlemen of Knowledge.
In the Rural Special film, students explain how they achieved 100% proficient marks in the state benchmark exams for both English and Mathematics, a truly outstanding accomplishment. Listen carefully as students address motivation, small class size, good teaching, community support, setting goals, and an attitude of achievement.
Rural Special is no out-of-the-norm rich kids' enclave, either; approximately 70% of the school's students are on free and reduced lunch. But while the district may not be swimming in money, they are certainly rich in heart and commitment--and that makes all the difference.