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Students working at the School for Community Learning, a progressive Indianapolis private school that depends on vouchers.

Students working at the School for Community Learning, a progressive Indianapolis private school that depends on vouchers.

Dylan Peers McCoy

How a push to save some of Indiana’s oldest trees taught this class about the power of speaking out

Alayna Pierce was one of seven teachers who participated in story slam sponsored by Chalkbeat, Teachers Lounge Indy, WFYI Public Media and the Indianapolis Public Library on Sept. 5. Every teacher shared stories about their challenges and triumphs in Circle City classrooms.

Pierce’s story is a letter she wrote to her second and third grade students at the School for Community Learning, a private school in Indianapolis. In it, she recounts how they came together as a class and as a community to save some of the state’s oldest trees.

Check out the video below to hear Pierce’s story.

You can find more stories from educators, students and parents here.