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September 19, 2018

Lanigan Class Develops Newscast, Interviews Mayor Woodward


A brainstorming session led by Brad DePoint’s Lanigan Elementary School students recently transformed into a class video project, complete with an interview with the Fulton mayor.

The massive undertaking began with students learning about local current events and developing questions about significant issues that impact the Fulton community.

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward reviews a map of Lake Neatahwanta with students in Brad DePoint’s classroom at Lanigan Elementary School. As part of a class project, the students videotaped an interview with the mayor, who answered questions about the ongoing lake cleanup efforts.

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward reviews a map of Lake Neatahwanta with students in Brad DePoint’s classroom at Lanigan Elementary School. As part of a class project, the students videotaped an interview with the mayor, who answered questions about the ongoing lake cleanup efforts.

The Lake Neatahwanta dredging project emerged as a primary source of discussion, and students wrote questions to ask Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward.

“We had all these great questions and ideas, and we thought it would be a good learning experience to get the answers straight from our elected officials,” DePoint said. “We contacted the mayor’s office and he was willing to be part of our project.”

With an interview set up with the mayor, students took things a step further and decided to create an entire newscast, complete with a weather segment, current events and sports.

The students recorded the interviews and worked with DePoint to edit the content, with the goal of eventually streaming it online.

According to DePoint, the project proved to be an excellent lesson that incorporated a variety of subject areas.

“The students wrote scripts, they researched current events, they learned about lake pollution … they really did a bit of everything,” he said.

For the students who collaborated on the project, the opportunity to learn about local news proved to be a valuable lesson.

“It was really cool to meet the mayor and ask him all these questions,” student Owen Sheldon said. “I learned about the dredging and how they plan on cleaning up the nutrients at the bottom of the lake so that we can swim in it in the next few years.”

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