Fern Creek Elementary School's TV Studio Gets Major Overhaul

Fern Creek Elementary school students were surprised with a newly renovated television studio Monday morning thanks to the efforts of Blue Man Group, Impulse Creative Group, and Refresh Computers.  The three Central-Florida companies collaborated to help renovate the school’s television studio where the students produce the morning show each day while learning TV production.

Leonard Conner, who teaches TV production and manages the studio at Fern Creek, said, “The experience today was just incredible. To have so much talent, technology and support from people that are experts in the field, as well as the creative community, to come in and make a difference in these kid’s lives… this kind of community outreach does make a difference in these kids lives, and they know it.  You saw in their eyes.  You saw it in their spirit. You saw it in their articulation. We’re just grateful to have that kind of support.”

In total, the companies donated over $11,000 worth of new equipment and services to bring the studio from the “dark ages to the modern world,” said Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch, the school’s principal.  “For us, it brings education alive for our kids. TV production is a way to introduce our kids to lots of different careers. Experiential learning with real world applications is the best kind of learning for our kids. Now our kids are experiencing running a studio with up to date modern technology that really does sort of prepare them for a career in technology and media.”

Conner said, “When they came down the hall, it was hard for me to not get emotional.  When they came squealing down the hall, when the door first cracked open, that was genuine.  They were truly ecstatic.”

Conner says he looks at the television studio as a look at life.  “Technology isn’t a challenge to them. These kids grew up with a mouse in their hands and a video monitor in front of them with two-way communication with the world. This is just a way to continue it in a positive and productive way. It’s a fun learning experience for them, I think.”

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