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Transportation Planning Organization

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Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
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Local HS Students Share Digital Stories about Creating Change in their Communities

Posted 04/03/2013

Digital storytelling project, featuring short videos by Austin East High School Students, will be held April 13th.

UPDATE (7/9/2013): Videos are now available on the PlanET website at

Six students from Austin East High School, three seniors and three juniors, will be showcasing their recently produced digital stories on Saturday, April 13th. The student’s digital stories are focused on how they would like their communities here in East Tennessee to grow and change in the future.

These students have been a part of a project team whose members include; Project GRAD Knoxville, the Carpet Bag Theatre Inc., the Knox County Health Department, and East Knoxville Community Organizer, Mickeeya Harrison, all working with Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) to better understand how youth, particularly in East Knoxville, want their communities to look and feel in the years to come.

The students began working with PlanET and other project partners early this year. The goal of this project was for the Austin East students to explore and formulate their view on issues related to the environment, transportation, housing and neighborhoods, their individual and their community’s health as well as the local and regional economy.

The students then created their own digital stories about how they want their communities to grow. Over the course of a weekend in March, the students worked with the Carpet Bag Theatre, Inc. to brainstorm ideas and select digital images and sounds that together tell their “story.”

All of the student’s stories will be available for viewing on April 13th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus in the Community Room. The afternoon’s event will include a meet and greet with the project team and students and a chance to view and discuss the films. The team will also share what’s in store for the future of the Digital Storytelling Project!

For more information about the Digital Storytelling Project, the April 13 th event, or PlanET please contact Sherith Colverson, PlanET Outreach Coordinator at (865) 215-4396 or at

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