The Johns Creek Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a grant application to Autrey Mill Middle School PTA for the school's fledgling video journalism program.
The school's program is an often-requested class by students and has begun to fill to capacity. The idea of the program began when Amy Creamer, Autrey Mill Middle School drama teacher, took over the morning news show. With the help of Jamie Chuven, video broadcast journalism teacher at Johns Creek High School, Creamer learned simple journalism and broadcasting techniques, and found the students embraced the program, the technology and equipment operation.
With morning broadcasts led by students, preparation of videos and the increasing evolution of technology, the need for newer equipment became evident. This grant application will assist in the purchase of computers, camcorders and the various components to continue these daily broadcasts and allow the students to continue their journalism aspirations.
“Autrey Mill Middle School is extremely grateful to the Johns Creek Foundation for enabling its fledgling Video Journalism Department to grow through its generous donation to the school. These funds will be spent on new technology including Apple computers, HD video cameras, and microphones that will be used by students to create videos, PSAs and other media for their school community,” Creamer said.
By raising funds from individuals and businesses and granting them into the community, the Johns Creek Foundation serves as a rallying point for “giving back” in Johns Creek. In its first six years the Foundation has poured over $100,000 into the community through programs as varied as the summer arts camp at Johns Creek Arts Center to the Ceremony of HOPE at the Johns Creek Relay for Life. For more information, visit www.JohnsCreekFoundation.org.