Heritage, Volume 18, Number 2, Spring 2000 Page: 10
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(seated, in black
jacket) leans in to
listen as students
interview a local
At right: High
Below: Back on
the campus, a
the text of an oral
vironment could be documented. They returned
to their classrooms with increased
understanding of their own homes, the
people who lived there, the area's past, and
new high-tech skills to take into the future.
The enthusiasm spread and Guajardo
and other educators soon had their students
recording not only the interviews but using
that information as a jumping off point
for composing poetry and other creative
writing assignments. This evolved into a
professional-quality magazine, The Llano
Grande Journal, which is part of the larger
Llano Grande Research Center project that
Guajardo now directs. "Producing the journal
has not only helped students gain new
abilities in the areas of writing and editing,
but they have furthered their computer
skills, learning layout, design, digital scanning,
and photography." To appeal to a
wider audience, the magazine is written
in both Spanish and English. Not
wanting to shut out those who only
read and spoke Spanish was one aim
of the journal, but according to
Guajardo, saving the language was
another goal. "It was important to
not only reach those who spoke
Spanish but to have the youth read
these stories in both languages. Loss
of Spanish among our youth is an important
reason that we publish in
From the printed page, students
made a natural leap to the wired
world. Computers and the Internet
meant that the students could take
their project and the stories of rural
South Texas to the world. The highschoolers
have also conceived, produced,
and now maintain a web site
for the Center, learning the latest
high-tech Internet skills that will
help them as they move on to the next
place in their young lives (check out the
site at: www.llanogrande.org/pdf/lgjl3.pdf).
Abigail Garcia is one of those students
who knows that her future will be brighter
because of the opportunities that she has
been afforded. "When I was a freshman, I
was unsure about my plans following high
school and 'iffy' about attending college.
As a result of my involvement, though, I've
been able to gain high-tech skills and travel
to other parts of the country. I've been to
conferences in South Dakota and Arizona,
places where I'd never been before."
HERITAGE * 10 * SPRING 2000
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