Pop-up Shop

First-graders at Martell Elementary peruse the gift possibilities at their school’s annual Holiday Shop. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Kids absolutely love to buy things for other people,” said Tonya Caswell as she was wrapping up gifts purchased by Martell Elementary students. The PTO Vice President was working the annual Holiday Shop. Continue reading “Pop-up Shop”

Pakistan: A Troy Student’s Journey

This is me, at right, my mom and my dad listening to a funny poem recited by costumed entertainers who perform for a luxury restaurant we visited.

Troy High sophomore Eliya Imtiaz went to Pakistan for her cousin’s wedding. But one thing she witnessed changed her perspective forever and helped raise her awareness of greed and poverty. 

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Inside The Outsiders

Athens actors portray the slow motion rumble scene from Act II of The Outsiders, the school’s fall play. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

It’s been called The Best-Looking Movie Cast of All Time. Released in 1983, The Outsiders starred Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, Tom Waits, a young Sofia Coppola, Flea (from The Red Hot Chili Peppers) and hockey star Cam Neely. Continue reading “Inside The Outsiders”

Emotions in Motion

After picking emotions out of a bag, Barnard fifth-graders Kristen Rivett, Younes Oualkadi, and Teodor Topan get some advice on how to portray them from Wayne State’s Dr. Nicole Wilson. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Pablo Picasso

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Fifth-graders Claire Benson and Jane Korotko playfully mess around with Bryce Bauman and one of the toys Claire bought. The three were shopping at the Kids4Kids sale at Schroeder Elementary. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

The Schroeder Elementary lunch room was filled on Thursday with “gently used, kid-friendly items” donated by students to raise money for charity. Continue reading “Kids4Kids”