And their work is going to be in the newspaper!
Grammy and CMA award winner Darius Rucker was at the school to promote the importance of eye exams for children. Children were given free eye screenings. Over 600 exams were done and over 200 students were given vouchers for glasses.
Members Sandra and Tori stepped out of their comfort zone and did something they never thought they’d do; interview. They interviewed spokespeople from the eye glasses company Transitions and Bess the Book Bus, a mobile literacy organization.
“I was pretty energized,” Tori said. “I was shy at first, but once I started asking questions, I couldn’t stop talking.”
They gained confidence and a valuable lesson.
“Believe in yourself,” Tori said. “Even if you have to do things a little differently, it’s okay to think outside the box.”
They did not show up to this event empty handed; they prepared questions in advance. They asked many different questions at the event such as: “why did the companies choose Longview Elementary to bring Mr. Rucker to?” “How much would a regular eye exam cost?” “How did the event come to be?”
In the process of asking questions, they processed answers as a journalist would. By utilizing journalistic techniques, they were able to accumulate valuable facts such as: at least 80 percent of a person’s learning is threw their eyes and one in four children don’t realize they have a vision impairment until they get an eye exam.
The experience presented an opportunity to hone in on the value of journalism neutrality. Even though she was covering the event as a journalist, Sandra couldn’t hide the fact that she was so excited when one of her favorite country singers took the stage to speak to the students.
“I actually lost my breath for a second when he passed by,” she said. “I tried to recover quickly.”
The students then wrote and edited an article. All this was to exercise good journalism practice in the hopes to take on future journalistic adventures.
The article will appear in the Moon Valley Tattler in the middle of November. Stay tuned and we will post a link!!