Decatur students work to make changes in school culture

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Photo by Mike Eckels Ithzel Martinez (left), Ashley Herrera, Dora Hernandez and Joseph Cheng gather at Bulldog Stadium for the “Revolution 2021” day assembly at Decatur Middle School April 12. A conversation between these four friends sparked a revolution to change the way people view students in a small-town school system.

Photo by Mike Eckels Ithzel Martinez (left), Ashley Herrera, Dora Hernandez and Joseph Cheng gather at Bulldog Stadium for the “Revolution 2021” day assembly at Decatur Middle School April 12. A conversation between these four friends sparked a revolution to change the way people view students in a small-town school system.

"How can we change the way people look at ourselves and our school?" This was the question that four eighth grade students at Decatur Middle School asked during a casual conversation one day. Ithzel Martinez, Joseph Chang, Dora Hernandez and Ashley Herrera were sitting in Joli Sotallora's classroom at Decatur Middle School working on an English assignment when the subject of why they are treated differently because they attend a smaller school cropped up. Chang, who had moved away from Decatur for a short time, had experienced the different cultures of a larger school district and that of Decatur.


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