My magazine pieces about Holyoke

Here’s a piece I wrote for CommonWealth Magazine in 2000 about a youth group in Holyoke. Check out the structure of this story, the sourcing and the scene setting.

Here’s another about Holyoke high school students who were having troubles passing the MCAS, and in the peculiar situation of not having dropped out of school, but not being able to graduate because of it.

Let me know what you think.