Student Perspectives

This summer, 48 kids — grades four through nine — from Melrose Elementary and John Hopkins Middle Schools participated in the Midtown Summer Journalism camp. Over 11 days, these industrious student journalists were taken on a few dozen field trips to sites around the Midtown neighborhood in St. Petersburg. They delved into local history, visited local business owners, and interviewed city leaders and other Midtown area folks along the way, with the resulting pics and writings to be published in the 2007 issue of Midtown Magazine. The magazine will debut and a 100-photo traveling exhibit of the student works, Midtown Through Our Eyes, will be unveiled at The [email protected] during a reception party from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12.

Two related events are held in conjunction with the exhibit: A Taste of Midtown and a Community Conversation, which spotlights Midtown restaurants and features live entertainment by the John Hopkins inspirational choir (Wed., Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.); and a Student Poetry Slam (Fri., Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.).

Midtown Through Our Eyes, Oct. 12-20, noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat, The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., downtown St. Petersburg, free admission (donations appreciated), 727-895-6620,

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