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Middle School Students to Present Artwork at Charlottesville Gallery

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A photograph taken by a Burley Middle student A photograph taken by a Burley Middle student

Some students at Burley Middle School in Albemarle County are presenting their published work Friday night.

The students take part in a summer program called iConnect where they photograph areas of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, then write poems about them.

The program targets at-risk children whose parents can't afford summer camp. Organizer Gloria Rockhold says it teaches them valuable life skills.

"All of them now understand how to use a camera, for example, so that's a skill set that is important, you know, and writing poetry, I mean, that's a really important skill set that they carry with them wherever they go,” said Rockhold.

The students present their work Friday at 6 p.m. at the Bridge Art Gallery in Charlottesville. Their finished book will also go on sale.

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