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Outtakes: Ameera grills her little brother

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Dustin Dwyer
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Michigan Radio

As you may have heard, last week we aired a radio documentary about the third graders at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids.

Audio from the documentary came from the six weeks I spent with the kids at Congress, from the first day of school until the end of MEAP testing in October. For the one hour program, I gathered, I think, well over 100 hours of audio. Needless to say, we have plenty more material to share with you for the State of Opportunity Outtakes feature.

One thing we didn’t get to get into with the documentary at all is that, during my reporting, we sent home audio recorders with a number of third graders, so they could tell some of their own stories.

Today, we’ll hear a bit of what we got back from those recorders. Click above to hear an interview third grader Ameera recorded with her little brother Kevin. 

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter on the State of Opportunity project, based in Grand Rapids. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.
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