- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Public Schools system is joining an effort by the nonprofit, oral history project StoryCorps to have tens of thousands of students interview their elders over the Thanksgiving weekend and preserve the recordings in the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps said Thursday that Chicago is the first major school district to commit to the Great Thanksgiving Listen.

The school system’s Chief Education Officer, Janice Jackson, says she’s excited about having students use technology to bring history to life.

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay (EYE’-say) announced the project in August. He’s asking high school history teachers nationwide to have students record the audio interviews on a free StoryCorps smartphone application.

Recordings sent to the Library of Congress will become part of a publicly accessible archive at the American Folklife Center.

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