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Robinwood goes live with Honoring Veterans broadcast

November 14, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Friday, Nov. 9, fourth graders at Robinwood Elementary School went live with a television broadcast that honored veterans. It was all part of the school's own television network that gives students a taste for the world of broadcasting.

"We've been doing this at least 15 years," said Robinwood math teacher Jeff Hammerton, who overseas the television station.

He said it all began in 2003 when Boardman High School upgraded its audio and video production equipment. The old equipment was still in great shape and the decision was made to pas it down. Robinwood Elementary School got the equipment and set aside a room for broadcasting. The only detail left was to wire each classroom for a television monitor.

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Robinwood Elementary School teacher Jeff Hammerton observes as fourth graders Leyanna Awadallah and Sophia Poltor prepare to go live for Veterans Day on the Robinwood Television Network.

"We had a group of volunteer teachers come in and wire each room," Hammerton said.

To be part of the broadcast staff, a fourth grader has to bring in decent grades. He or she must then have a way to get to the school at 7:30 a.m. to serve as the broadcast crew. When school starts, it is these students who handle the morning announcements.

The former high school equipment has aged another 15 years since coming to Robinwood, yet it still functions well. Hammerton said it is because the fourth graders who work with it take care of it.

From Robinwood, many of the broadcast crew go on to take up audio/video, and then move into the high school. It gives the kids a jump start in the field and represents a continuing education along that line.

On Friday, the fourth grade crew put together a Veterans salute that included reading the names of the school children's family members who served. The program lasted over 20 minutes as the students handled every aspect of putting on a live broadcast.

Hammerton did say every semester a new group comes in and works with the equipment.



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