In North Portland, sits Sitton Elementary School. The school resides in the St Johns, a historically blue collar neighborhood of Portland. About 25% of its residents live at or below the poverty line, making it one of the poorest areas of Portland. The neighborhood has one of the most diverse populations in the city and this is reflected in the school as well.
Amongst it's thriving community of young children, there are many students who are struggling with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and social-economic issues at home. These issues will often follow students as they grow and move further along in the American education system. A lack of support and recognition of these issues and programs that address them make it even harder for these children to succeed as students and eventually citizens.
The following photographs are part of an on-going documentary project that investigates learning disabilities and the state of education in the United States.