Seneca School History Project
Interviews Are Underway

In the photograph below you see my good friend Sonny Rider being interviewed in the Seneca School Media Center (we used call it 'The Library'). That's Dodie Barott listening in the background. Dodie will be interviewed too.
The interview process is no hit-or-miss situation. The students have a well thought-out plan. This is Sonny Rider being interviewed.
The interview process is no hit-or-miss situation. The students have a well thought-out plan. Judith describes it like this:
First, we've solicited interviewees [through] articles in the John Day [Blue Mountain Eagle] and Burns [Times-Herald] papers, posters made by grades 1-4 and put up in John Day and Burns, radio announcements, a spot on Ruth Harris's "Coffee Time" on KJDY, and personal invitations by phone made by students in grades 5-8.

Students in all grades were then divided into 8 interview teams consisting of at least one student from each classroom and a teacher moderator [what great organization, Judith!]. Students had previously written a lot of good questions to ask. These were compiled and organized into 4 categories:

work
school
life in Seneca, and
signs of change

The students use the packet of questions to guide the interviews. There's room under each questions for notes. Even the first graders take notes, doing the best they can. In addition to the prepared questions, spontaneous questions come up from what the speaker is saying.

After the first round of interviews, the teams will work together to write up what they've learned. [This material will become part of the permanent record of the project and will become the basis for next year's work.]
List of Interviewees (in no particular order)
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