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May 2, 2012 8:36 PM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News

Cutbacks force local students to get creative

LOCKWOOD - When school budgets get tight, teachers, administrators and even students have to get creative with their resources.

A group of students at Lockwood Middle School learned that this year when they were forced to downsize their "Gifted and Talented Program."

Their plan? A school news program.

"It grew out of a need to deliver some services to these students, to challenge them," said Lockwood Science Teacher Charles Harvey.

The students took the idea and ran with it.

"We just want to be able to make a show that not only grownups will watch in the Lockwood community, but that kids will want to watch too," explained 7th grader/co-anchor Quinn Gerber. "It's fun and they'll want to watch to see what's happening around Lockwood."

This was the first year the middle school has put together a news team and these 7th and 8th graders admit they've come a long way since the first week of school.

"I've learned a lot of the work that goes on behind the scenes, that you don't see," said Gerber. "How much work that actually takes to be able to put all this together."

Classmate, Devon Heil, adds, "I think it's just all the footage and takes you have to do."

Gerber's co-anchor agrees with a laugh.

"We're not 'one take' people," said Jesse Bone. "We've learned to count pretty high on this show."

In addition to the immediate lessons, there's also some life-long lessons.

"The thinking on their feet is a definite skill that they'll use, the creativity process, using technology," Harvey listed off. "They're preparing for jobs that they don't necessarily know about or don't exist right now."

Jobs and a careers will come soon enough, so in the meantime the group is just hoping to leave behind a legacy that future students can build on.

"That once we're gone, it still goes and just keeps going up!" said Bone.

Heil agreed.

"To see other people doing it after we graduate."

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