composite image of school photos from all children in the project, showing their kindergarten photo next to their current photo.

For eight years, OPB's Class Of 2025 project has been documenting the growth of 27 students who started school together in Southeast Portland.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff / OPB

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COVID-19 shut down Oregon schools in March 2020, but that’s not all the pandemic interrupted.

Birthdays. Band concerts. Seeing family. Parents’ jobs.

For the Class of 2025, being stuck at home means boredom, frustration, and loneliness - not to mention the fear and anxiety that comes with living through a global pandemic.

“Class Of 2025″ is a six-episode podcast from Oregon Public Broadcasting, hosted and produced by OPB’s Elizabeth Miller with editing and producing by Rob Manning and Elyssa Dudley. Episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the NPR One app, and at opb.org.

The Class Of 2025 podcast was made possible with support from the Education Writers’ Association Reporting Fellowship.

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