ELP students sharing projects at fair

The Enhanced Learning Program or ELP, kicked off its yearly fair on Monday, May 1, where students who are involved can finally present the projects they have been working on for weeks.

The projects were on whatever the students desired, which allowed a lot of room for creativity.

Since students were given about two months of time to work on their projects, some decided to go all out and do their best. Many students decided to go into interests of their own and try things that they had never done before or learn more about things that they wanted to know about.

These projects were showcased at the ELP fair, and allowed these students to show everyone their hard work.

Xavier Adams: “My project was about my grandfather and my great grandmother and her sisters and how there were some of the first black medical personnel in the Waterloo Cedar Falls area. I thought about doing this project mainly because I just learned about my family’s history in the medical community, but I really chose it because it was something that I was passionate about.”

Ella Rekow: “My project is a comic book about a girl who’s best friend gets kidnapped. I chose this as my topic because I have really wanted to make a comic book for a while, but I just never have had anything to push me and make me do it so this way, I had to finish one, and it really makes me want to make more. The hardest part of this project was actually finishing it in a month and a half. It takes most artists at least three months to do one this long.”

Fatemeh Moosavi: “I chose to do designing and sewing clothes based on Iranian clothes, more specifically, traditional clothes of the Hormozgan province. I’m an ethnic minority in Iran. I’m ethnically Arab and unfortunately, Iranian Arabs as well as other minority groups are often underrepresented, and there’s so many misconceptions about us, so I really appreciate how traditional clothes reflect that diversity, and despite many Iranians thinking they’re outdated, I think it’s a part of my culture that is worth celebrating and preserving.”

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