On May 22, 2012, fifth grade students from Londonderry’s North Elementary School had the opportunity to take part of a news shoot.
In previous years, teacher Toni Carballeira had her fifth grade class prepare news stories and film a small scale news show with John Beaulieu. This year, Carballeira as well as teachers John Reault, Jeff Gustavson, and Carol Currier, decided to take the news cast to a larger scale. The teachers teamed up with Karen Robinson and the Londonderry Access Center to produce an in-studio shoot with the fifth grade students.
Early that morning, the first bus of students arrived at the Access Center. Fifteen of Karen Robinson’s junior and senior TV Production students were prepared to guide the students through the shoot. While Executive Producer John Beaulieu guided, seniors Michael Holahan, Ash Monks, Josh Villars, and Sean Jaillet ran the control room as fifth graders “shadowed” each of their jobs.
Other fifth graders shadowed camera operators Ben Prall, Mike Murphy, Rachel Beaton, Eric Gesualdo, and Vendala Cucinnota as their peers anchored the show. With Maria Panacopoulous, Sean Cardwell, Melissa Davis, Lauren Holahan, Julie Berglund, and Sam Swinarski working behind the scenes, each shoot ran smoothly.
Each of the 84 fifth grade students appeared on camera either as an anchor, interviewer, or reporter. A variety of guests were interviewed by the students. Guests included:
- Scot Geraghty- EMT
- Taylor Wood- Pantene Beautiful Lengths donor
- Rich Zachilli- Londonderry Middle School Principal
- Mr. Prosciutto- Local restaurateur
- Marty Kelley- Children’s author
- Dottie Grover- worker at Londonderry Access Center
- Tom Olsen – Londonderry Police Officer
- Mr. Richards- Portsmouth Firefighter
- Jake Butler- EMT
- Chenais McConnell-EMT
- Tom Abruzese- Local Artist
At the end of the day, the students left with a spectacular experience that they will never forget.
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