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Good news about Oakland kids

By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 1:26 pm in elementary schools, high schools, initiatives, middle schools, students, teachers, teens, the arts.

Judging from the response I got today to a feature story and video about Oakland’s longstanding Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest, I gather that some people are starved for (ooh, I just hate to frame stories in these simplistic terms) “positive” news about youth in Oakland.


photo of Nia Warren by Sean Donnelly/Bay Area News Group

Still wanting inspiration? Here’s some more news of the uplifting variety:

Students at Roots International Academy, a new, small middle school on East Oakland’s Havenscourt campus, won “best formal presentation” in the World Affairs Challenge held over the weekend at San Francisco State University.

My colleague Matt O’Brien, who covers immigration for the Bay Area News Group, wrote this story about the event, in which kids pitched solutions to global migration issues.

Pictured below are the following eighth grade students from Roots, pretending to be at the United Nations during a humorous skit, from left to right: Goka Bere, 12, Jacquline Martinez, 11, Jesus Dominguez, 13, and Lobsan Barrera, 13. (Photo by Giovanna Borgna)

OK, that’s it for now.

Those ”good news” stories, paired with our recent spelling bee coverage, should just about do it for the month of March, don’t you think?

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  • Peter

    Two straight articles with good news about OUSD and the its students… and nearly a week later, no comments! Rather telling about some of us… are we willing to celebrate success or just bemoan “failure”? Well, I say congratulations to these students and our spellers, and I hope that Katy keeps on posting the positive as well! Some of us out here are reading it and glad to know that the public gets a glimpse of what’s really going on in OUSD, and not just what conforms to the negative stereotype that many seem to embrace (and spread). Go Oakland!