Students take to the airwaves

By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Students from Clovis High School are taking to the airwaves to remind local residents about issues facing the community.

Juniors in the Project Lead program wrote and recorded three public service announcements with a little help from Adam Penland, a production assistant at Rooney Moon Broadcasting.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe Rooney and Moon production assistant Adam Penland, left, helps Project Lead student Marquese Gaither with voice coaching while recording a public service announcement about planting trees for Arbor Day.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Rooney and Moon production assistant Adam Penland, left, helps Project Lead student Marquese Gaither with voice coaching while recording a public service announcement about planting trees for Arbor Day.

Project Lead teacher Kendra Peloquin said the PSAs are helping her students get out into the community and become agents of change.  (To listen click here SoundPSA 1 – Animal Adoption

SoundPSA 2 – Foster Care

SoundPSA 3 – Arbor Day)

“Because they’re gifted students, we figure they’re already getting all their math and science,” Peloquin said. “Our theory is that we want to turn them into people who can really change the world with that.”

The students chose which causes they wanted to advocate for, and contacted local agencies in hopes of sharing information about how community members can help.

The PSAs included information about animal adoption, planting trees for Arbor Day and foster care for local children.

Many Project Lead students, including juniors Marquese Gaither and Myrella Lopez, had never been in a recording studio before.

“It’s pretty fun,” said Lopez. “It’s kind of nerve wracking, but it’s a fun experience.”

Gaither said the project taught him how to be a leader, talk to more people and interact with the public.

According to Penland, standing behind the microphone can be intimidating, but he was pleasantly surprised with how well all of the students did while recording their PSAs.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Penland, whose mother Kathleen is a counselor at the high school. “I’ve been looking forward to coming into work the past couple days to work with them.”

The PSAs began running during the Rooney and Moon morning show Wednesday.