Parents enrolling their children in kindergarten at Delaware City Schools next school year will have one more resource at their disposal: an orientation video made by two Delaware Hayes High School students.
Hayes High senior Meg Vonada and junior Molly Schul, members of the D-Town media production class at Hayes, said they were contacted by Delaware City Schools officials and asked to create an instructional video for parents with children about to start kindergarten.
Vonada said most videos made in the production class are made for fun and this video is much different.
“It’s an opportunity to test the waters,” Vonada said. “It was a lot of pressure. The whole district will see the video.”
Vonada and Schul visited and shot footage at every elementary school in the district during class time and also edited the video in class.
The students said the video is 10 minutes long and is more or less finished — as long as the Delaware Board of Education signs off on it when it is presented at the board’s next meeting March 21.
Schul said the video covers a variety of topics that parents will want to know about, including a student’s schedule, the types of classes they will take and what lunch and recess will be like. Schul added that parents will receive backpacks with a variety of supplies and activities, and the video will instruct them on what each activity and item is for.
The video also includes several interviews with school staff.
“It was an honor and an amazing opportunity,” Schul said.
The teacher of the production class, Thomas Hering, said that even though Vonada and Schul don’t plan on majoring in production in college, the video will look great on a resumé.
“These two have created a video that will be one of the first faces people see at Delaware City Schools,” Hering said. “The skills they have developed are real skills they can take into the workplace.”
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.