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A local photographer is using her passion to bridge generation gaps through artwork. It's a project called the Honoring Elders Project.
More than eight decades separate 93-year-old Elayne LaCourt and students from Aldo Leopold School in Green Bay.
"I like learning about other elders' lives and how they relate to life now," explained student Madeline Eckberg.
That's the idea of photographer Kara Counard's project. "I feel like those two age groups don't often get to connect. I think people have a lot more in common than they're different," explained Counard.
Counard teaches students the basics about using a camera along with interviewing skills.
Then they meet with residents at area assisted living facilities, asking questions and taking pictures.
"I was amazed. They're very smart girls. They really are. They kept me on my toes I tell ya," said Elayne LaCourt.
The meetings give students a chance to learn about history.
"They know my husband was in the war," said LaCourt.
"You actually get to see someone who lived through it and not just a book," added student Koree Brosig.
The end result of each project is a handmade book that features some of the pictures of each elder and stories about his or her life.
"The making of the books is really great, because they have something they can hold onto and the kids told the story in their own voices," explained Counard.
Counard Says she works on the honoring elders project when she has downtime from her photography business.
She hopes to expand the project to include other schools and communities in the future.
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