Township disburses public access fund to local school districts

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees Monday approved the disbursement of Public, Educational, Government Access Television funds to the township’s three school districts.

The districts will receive the following amounts: Carman-Ainsworth, $9,000; Swartz Creek, $4,000; and Flushing, $4,000, for a total of $17,000 disbursed. The disbursements are based on the size of each district within the geographical region of the township. Carman- Ainsworth covers the largest area and receives the greater amount of funds.

Carman-Ainsworth Middle School teacher Mike Warren said in a letter to the board that its PEG funds were used to create a class called Advanced Computers for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students. The purpose of the class is to put out a news broadcast every Friday for the entire middle school, including what’s going on at the school, such as plays and robotics; weather; middle school sporting events; and some local news. There are 32 students in the class.

Warren also said the school is looking at adding more TV monitors in the school hallways so students can be more informed. The school is currently receiving quotes to have three monitors wired and connected to the broadcasting room. The school also is looking at replacing the older TVs with new highdefinition TVs.

Swartz Creek High school teacher Ben Gillett wrote that the high school students use PEG funds to produce daily broadcasts of their “Into the Creek” news shows. The shows include daily announcements, news stories and feature stores from around the high school and the Swartz Creek community. The shows are 4 to 5 minutes long and are produced entirely by the students in the visual communications class. Interviews and pieces have been done on SCHS sports, clubs and activities. The class also produced public service announcements for upcoming school events.

Gillett said this year the students are shifting their fundraising efforts to utilize the skills they are learning in class. They will be doing film and production work for clients in the community, including working with renters from the Performing Arts Center. They also will continue their partnership with the Genesee Wind Symphony Orchestra to share their music with a larger audience.