St. Lucie County School District’s Lincoln Park Academy located in Fort Pierce, Florida is a part of the Southeast Region of the Kid Witness News (KWN) hands-on video education program. The Southeast Region consists of schools in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The other regions across America are the Northeast, Midwest and Western (also Alaska and Hawaii).
According to KWN’s website, Kid Witness News is a hands-on video education program with an emphasis on team-centered learning that encourages students to develop valuable cognitive, communication and organizational skills through the use of state-of-the-art, high definition video technology. Panasonic provides students, grades 4 -12 (age 18 and under), with the latest digital equipment so that they can communicate stories that are important to them and their communities. Although KWN includes students from schools across the country, the messages in their videos have common themes. They include such issues as the environment, peer pressure and drug prevention just to name a few. Through the production of videos, students are able to share “The World Through Their Eyes”.
As expressed in Lucie Links Newsletter: The two teams from Lincoln Park Academy, under the guidance of master Adobe instructor Gena Harriman, won The Americas region in their respective categories. Both teams each won impressive trophies, and a 4-day Winners Weekend trip for all team members to the new Panasonic North American HQ, the 2014 KWN New Vision & Eco-Effect Awards Ceremony, Double Decker Bus Tour in NYC, Lunch in Times Square, Broadway Performance: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dinner at Don Pepe Restaurant, Night at the Movies: Shaquille O’Neal’s CityPlex Movie Theatre and many more team building activities.
As noted on the KWN website: Out of the top 10 videos, 4 schools were chosen as the 2014 New Vision Award Winners and Best Video of the Year went to Lincoln Park Academy with their video entitled, “Fighting World Hunger”. Click on 2014 New Vision Award Winners to locate and view LPA’s successful presentation.
Lincoln Park Academy’s winning video, “Fighting World Hunger” is so compelling and insightful in that it reflects the concerns and interest of young people of America to involve themselves in a crisis that affects not just our local communities, but the whole world. The students at Lincoln Park Academy are giving us a preview of what we have to be hopeful for and can expect in our country’s future leadership.
REF: Kid Witness News (KWN)
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter, Nov. 2014