Red Carpet Premiere for North Pulaski High EAST Students


Red Carpet Premiere for North Pulaski High EAST Students
8/15/2013 3:27:15 PM

Students premiere State Legislature Video to Conference for Aging.

Hot Springs, Ark - North Pulaski High School EAST students Miranda and Faye recently premiered a training video that they created for the Arkansas Aging Conference. The students had previously filmed a state legislative session at the State Capital in August and have now premiered the finished product to a large group at the Arkansas Aging Conference. The video, which gives information about the Silver-Haired Legislative Session, will be used across the state to encourage participation in the mock legislative session among the elderly.

The students had filmed the Silver-Haired Legislative Session (SHLS) at the Capital this past August and have worked in the past months to create a professional and informative video on why others should participate in SHLS. The SHLS encourages the elderly of Arkansas to come together and propose legislature concerning their needs in a mock set-up. All bills passed are then considered by actual State Representatives.

Both Miranda and Faye are in the school’s project-based technology program, EAST. The Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Silver Haired group contacted the North Pulaski EAST program in July for assistance in creating a video for training future participants in the legislative sessions.

“I felt like a professional creating a documentary,” said Faye, a 12th grader and 4th-year EAST program student, “All of the Silver Haired delegates were very enthusiastic about us being there. I think they were surprised to see such young people using the equipment.” The students interviewed the Senior citizens acting as delegates, filmed committee meetings, and filmed the mock-House of Representatives session to come up with their finished product. Additionally, the students met many elected officials and observed the mock-delegates discuss issues relevant to Arkansas' Senior citizens.

The Silver Haired Legislative Session was comprised of Arkansan delegates who are at least 60 years old, and took place at the Seventeenth Biennial Silver Haired Legislative Session August 25-26, 2010. Delegates act as legislators in this non-partisan session by writing, debating, and voting on bills addressing issues critical to older Arkansans. The session is organized by The Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The students took advantage of the cutting-edge technology available in their EAST classroom. “We used Apple’s Final Cut Pro and iMovie to edit and finish the video. I enjoyed the challenge of piecing together everything we wanted the story to say.” Faye was trained with the program’s new camera, sound equipment, and editing software last spring and is eager to further utilize her skills.

For more information, contact Julie Buratowski, North Pulaski EAST facilitator 501.982.9436.




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