The Bay Village Education Foundation has announced a special anniversary grant of $35,000 to fund a new video production studio for the Bay Village City Schools.
Plans for the studio include multiple, rolling tripod-mounted video cameras, microphones, a green screen, track lighting, audio and video mixers, computer editing stations and interview sets. While the video studio will be located at Bay High School, it will be a resource available to all teachers in the school district who have projects that lend themselves well to video production.
“We selected the video studio for this special, 30th-anniversary grant because it can truly affect change in the entire district,” said Ellie Bricmont, chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. “Video production skills are growing in demand as online video becomes a standard method in mass communication. Marketers, educators and others are turning to video to convey information, to sell and to persuade. The demand for video production skills is expected to rise substantially, and we are excited that our students will be able to develop those skills in a high-quality, professional studio environment.”
“This is something our school board has seen as a need in our district for quite sometime,” said Board of Education president Bob Piccirilli, who also serves as a Trustee on the Bay Village Education Foundation. “I am looking forward to seeing what our students produce. Our teachers and students show a great deal of creativity in many other areas, so I am confident they will take this new resource and make the most of it.”
The district’s superintendent, Clint Keener, said that a new course, “Basics of Video Production,” will be offered to Bay High students in grades 10-12 the second semester of next school year. “As students become trained to use the video studio equipment, they will also be able to help other classes and teachers create their videos,” he said. “We expect that our video students will cover some school and community events off campus, as well, and perhaps invite community members in for interview programs.”
“This is a proud moment for the Bay Village Education Foundation,” said Amy Papp, president. “We have had wonderful support in our fundraising efforts, and this is an opportunity to make a significant difference to our students, our teachers, and our entire community.”
The grant was announced at the Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Creating Opportunities,” on Sunday January 29.