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The Fennimore Elementary School was awarded a Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) grant in the amount of $1,250.00 to support the project Lights! Camera! Action! Going Digital with the School News. The grant money was used to purchase the equipment needed to make the switch from an analog TV news show to a much more engaging digital production.
The “School Zone” news show is put on by FES 5th grade students. Each 5th grade student applied for the jobs they wanted within the studio and were hired and trained for those jobs. Each morning, on a rotation basis, these students are in charge of producing and filming the morning news. The digital news show can then be played back in each classroom at a time that fits into their schedules.
The switch to digital has allowed for much more student involvement and ownership and the students are very excited about the changes. While providing the school with the news each day, these 5th grade students are also gaining valuable experience with the 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.