This semester, Milford High School photojournalism students in Janelle Schunk's class have been tackling a tough issue. The class has been focusing their lenses on the faces of the heroin epidemic. Students have been interviewing recovering addicts, medical and mental health professionals, reporters, law enforcement, and families who have been impacted by addiction. The students have been creating photographic portraits of those they interview, along with written commentary that explains each perspective and what they have learned through the interview.
As a final demonstration of learning, the class is hosting a public exhibition to share with the community. The students' work will be showcased in an exhibition entitled, No Boundaries, on May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, in Milford.
"The project goal is to portray that the current heroin epidemic impacts an entire community, not only those directly touched by opiate addiction. Students will learn more about this issue through many perspectives as they also discover both the problems and potential solutions," Mrs. Schunk said.
A panel of students involved in the project presented the lessons they have learned at the Community United meeting on Tuesday, April 4. This group has been meeting for the past three years to address the opiate issue in Clermont County.
"I have learned that everyone has a story to tell and the heroin epidemic not only effects the user, but it impacts the entire family and community," said Gwyn Kline, photojournalism student.