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Young broadcasters deliver the news


Last Friday's morning announcements at Middleton Elementary School were video streamed on location from Liz Brown's third-grade class. The fifth-grade news team included announcers Sydney Spencer and Taylor Godbout, reporter Angelina Emberson, camera operator and cue card holder Alexis Casner, and announcer Jackson Kleinheinz.

The segment included birthday and half-birthday announcements, the weather and the awarding of the Golden Dustpan for cleanest classroom. For their Talking Books segment, Amberson and Spencer reviewed "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH."

The kids work under the supervision of media specialist Bay Shock and reading specialist Peggy Rollins. Other fifth-graders rotate into the crew each month.

Preparation is the key to doing a good show, Spencer said.

"The transitions are the hardest part," Kleinheinz, said.

"It's pretty easy unless you drop the cue cards," Casner said.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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