Class Notes: High school students produce PSAs for state contest

JOE LANDON

What’s super about public schools? Sure, I’d like to hear what you think (send me an email at landonjo@collier.k12.fl.us), but I also want you to know that the same question was posed to Florida’s high school students recently by the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) to launch a contest.

The FSBA is a nonprofit association representing school board members from Florida’s 67 school districts. Students were asked by FSBA Executive Director Wayne Blanton to create 30-second video public service announcements (PSAs) “depicting the positive role public school plays in their lives.”

The contest, brought to Collier County by School Board member Pat Carroll, drew entries from students attending five of our high schools.

FSBA’s president, Candace Lankford of Volusia County, says, “Florida’s high school students have tremendous insight. This contest gives students a voice, and a chance to express their feelings about the best parts of public school.” And Lankford stresses that she feels “it’s essential that we help our students celebrate what they think is super about their schools.”

So they did just that here in Collier County. Student entries from Everglades City School and Gulf Coast High School will be submitted to FSBA as our district’s two winners (our two entries) in the video PSA production contest. The school with the PSA judged best in the state by FSBA will receive a prize of $5,000 for the school. The second place prize is $2,500, and third place brings home $1,000.

We have congratulated Principals Cherise Brummer, of Everglades City School, and David Stump, of Gulf Coast, and they in turn will congratulate the students who produced the two winning videos and their respective TV production teachers: Louis Grossi of Everglades City, and Scarlett Lavite of Gulf Coast.

Students from Barron Collier, Lely and Naples high schools also submitted worthy entries, but unfortunately, per FSBA contest rules, each of Florida’s 67 districts is allowed to forward only two entries. In addition to sending our top two along to FSBA, we’ll run the PSAs frequently on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, and we’ll post them online at www.collierschools.com.

Given that some people may be unaware that Florida schools rank fifth in the nation in the 2011 “Quality Counts” report published by Education Week; and given the fact that locally some folks may be unaware that our school district is an “A” district, receiving the “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education, we would hope that these student-produced videos will go a long way toward sharing the story about what’s super about public schools.

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