C-SPAN school bus visits Clovis High School

C-SPAN marketing representative Toni Williams, left, talks with Clovis High School sophomores about the network’s educational opportunities aboard the organization’s tour bus Tuesday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer

The bright yellow bus in front of Clovis High School on Tuesday was no ordinary school bus.

More than 350 CHS sophomores and seniors climbed aboard the C-SPAN bus that features a mobile television production studio during its stop in Clovis as part of a national tour.

C-SPAN marketing representative Marianne Rausch said the 11-month tour helps expose students to the world of politics, government, and current events.

A not for-profit public service of the cable industry, C-SPAN features gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as well as other public proceedings can be a valauble classroom tool.

“The purpose of the bus is to offer an educational resource to schools and educators,” Rausch said. “We show the students DVD clips of C-SPAN’s programming from our three networks and tell them about our radio programming, Web site and how they can use these resources for their studies.”

Teachers can supplement their curriculum with C-SPAN expedients for subjects like social studies, TV/journalism, public speaking or government by accessing C-SPAN’s classroom online at www.c-span.org, according to Rausch.

C-SPAN programming is occasionally viewed in CHS classrooms, according to CHS assistant principal Tonya Adrian.

“The students found (the bus) very enlightening,” she said. “It was a great experience for them. The staff (with the bus tour) were knowledgeable of the bus and its functions and able to answer any questions the students had while actively involving them in the presentation.”

Cox Communication, which carries C-SPAN in the Clovis area, helped sponsored the stop.

“Education is important to Cox,” said Cox community/education coordinator Kim Mankin. “This is our way to get involved, interact with students and provide them with an additional resource to complement their education.”