A $7,000 grant from Best Buy is helping the Cornell High School Multimedia Broadcasting Club present higher quality morning announcements that are "broadcast" to Smart Screens in every classroom.
Students have made morning announcements for 8-10 minutes daily for several years, but the $7,000 grant takes things to another level, said Kris Hupp, a Cornell teacher who wears many hats in the small school district, including writing the grant application to the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
The Best Buy foundation is committed to providing teens access to opportunities through the use of technology.
Cornell coupled the $7,000 from Best Buy with a $5,000 Grable Foundation grant received late last year to buy multimedia equipment, including five new computers "that allow students to get more creative" with graphics, Mr. Hupp said.
About 25 students in the Broadcasting Club make announcements about the weather, sports, cafeteria offerings and anything else students may need to know to get through the school day. They take turns filling various roles including anchor and weather person. Some students prepare during the after-school program, while others work in the morning before the announcements.
Contributions from the parents booster group have been used to buy video equipment that loops the morning announcements onto digital screens in the hallways.
Now, instead of watching morning announcements on small television screens, students are watching on 77-inch smart screens, Mr. Hupp said.
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