Brooke Buchanan and Molly Growney admit they sort of assumed their teacher was giving them busy work when he assigned them a project at the end of last school year. What they created took nearly four months to finish and earned them statewide recognition.
“(Neither) I, nor the girls, had any idea that the video was going to be entered in a contest,” Jeff Manders, FHC teacher said. “Pretty cool. I’m proud of them.”
The contest is run by the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, which is honoring the students for their video educating their younger peers on how to seek safety in the event of a fire or other emergency situations. Brooke and Molly will receive the Outstanding Youth Project award Oct. 17 at the association’s annual conference in Traverse City. The bigger reward, of course, is educating children on the safety tips the video hammers home: “Get Out! Get Away! Get Help!”
The video took root when Deputy Tim Erhardt, the liaison officer with Kenowa Hills Public Schools last spring approached fellow resource officers with the idea. Deputy Jim Svoboda, the Forest Hills Public Schools officer, recommended Manders, a TV broadcast, film & media communication teacher with whom Erhardt had previously worked on a program about distracted driving. Erhardt said Manders told him, “I’ve got the perfect kids for that.” Manders handed the project to Molly and Brooke, and they worked directly with Erhardt and Svoboda to produce one.