Critical Exposure teaches Washington area students how to use photography and their own voices to become advocates for school reform and social change. Over the last seven years the organization has served more than 1,000 students and helped raise more than $500 million dollars in new funding for public schools in underserved communities. The opening celebration for their annual exhibit of student photography and advocacy projects was on May 23 at the Old Naval Hospital in Southeast.
'Hazard' by Levi Thompson, 10th grader at Sasha Bruce Youth-Led/S.T.E.P. Up DC. "This is a picture of the ceiling in my Spanish II class. The condition of classrooms makes kids leave if it’s later in the day, and it also smells. The reason the kids leave is because the ceiling gives out a really bad odor that makes most students who come to class leave. When it rains the water starts to spill over from the buckets," he said. Levi Thompson/Critical Exposure
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.