How do you teach students to produce and receive a 21st century newscast on 20th century equipment? The answer is not well. Northview Student News advisors Jana Cossler and Dylan Warren realized this was not the experience they wanted for their students and turned to the Advancement Center grants process for support. The funding they received this past grants cycle for updated equipment will allow the Student News to better communicate events, activities, and achievements at Northview. And while these goals are incredibly important Jana is quick to point out an even more impactful byproduct, “Very shortly after production started, my eyes were opened to a second and arguably far more important effect of the show: it boosted school spirit significantly and fostered a sense of community… There is a new connectedness that’s having a far-reaching impact on both students and staff.”
Teachers like Jana and Dylan are why the Advancement Center is here! Staff all across Washington Township work daily to tap into the incredible potential of their students and we are proud to be a resource to help them be successful. Talking with Jana you realize that the equipment funded is so much more than providing the resource for a student to share the lunch special or a basketball score.”Watching a segment go from idea to production to completion without my influence or intervention is my greatest joy. It’s not because it takes the work off of my hands; it’s that I am watching my students create something meaningful. Although it can be a little nerve-wracking at times to let go of control and have faith in the process, it’s like a proud mom moment when you see that the kiddos have left the nest and don’t need you anymore. They are doing amazing things, and as we continue to build up our resources, I know it will only get better. I could not be prouder of them.” Resources provided by donors like you are creating experiences that these students will take as they continue to navigate our 21st century world.