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Harper Woods graduate gives back to schools

May 8, 2013

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Jessica Killenberg Muzik, a Harper Woods Schools alumna and photographer, volunteered her time to take pictures at Beacon Elementary recently, which yielded this building shot.
Muzik took pictures of a number of students during her visit.

HARPER WOODS — Jessica Killenberg Muzik didn’t hesitate to accept an opportunity to volunteer to help with a project at Beacon Elementary.

After all, she has memories of that school from when she was a young Beacon student.

District social worker Jessica Zann approached Muzik with a request to take some photos of Beacon students to use on the school website and marketing materials. Muzik, who graduated from Harper Woods Schools in 1992 and is now a Grosse Pointe Woods resident, came out a couple of weeks ago to fulfill that request.

“She has a keen artistic eye that captures others in such a beautiful light,” Zann said. “She has a wonderful gift and I wanted to see if she could share it with our students and families.

“The pictures show the happiness and fulfillment that our students feel every day at Beacon Elementary,” Zann said.

Muzik is a mother, a public relations professional and an amateur photographer. She is looking to grow her photography business, so she felt that she could donate her time and it would help build her portfolio.

Besides portfolio pictures, she said it was also a way of “giving back a little to the school that gave so much to me growing up, as well as my brother and sister and all of my friends,” Muzik said.

Muzik had some fun spending time at Beacon.

“It was quite adorable,” she said. “As soon as you have a camera in your hand, everyone wants their picture taken — that is if you are a child, not an adult,” she said.

“I have never had so many eager models who knew how to pose and had their smiles ready to go,” she said.

The students enjoyed Muzik’s visit, as well.

“The students loved the time Jessica spent with them,” Zann said. “She had kids begging to have their picture taken next. She had a pick of eager little ones. 

“They liked that she took an interest in them and was there to show them in their best light,” she added. “Our students are happy, well-educated and come from great families. ... It was really nice sharing that with Jessica.”

Muzik didn’t get to see any of her former teachers. She said it seems she just missed them with many having just recently retired.

Something that was there now that she didn’t have there as a child is all of the new technology, like interactive white boards. Muzik made sure to get shots of the technology in the schools while she was there.

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