Surry Telephone Membership Corporation has been working to build its Surry TV system, hoping to make it more attractive to area consumers. Now, the company has some local programming to enhance those effots.
In a partnership announced last week at the Surry County School System Convocation, Surry Telephone is funding a $60,000 digital media academy for local students. Those students will be able to conduct video projects in a mobile studio, with the projects being aired at a later date on Surry TV as part of a five-year agreement.
“Over the past years, we have relied on them to assist us with infrastructure needs and to provide us with quality service,” said Travis Reeves, superintendent for Surry County Schools, in comments he made about the corporation.
With the addition of Surry TV, the schools have become the benefactor of a ‘special project’ that will catapult the school district into new horizons, according to Reeves.
Curtis Taylor, chief executive officer of Surry Telephone Membership Corp., said the donation was to show how much the company values its partnership with the schools.
“Being partners in communication is going to be an exciting adventure.” added Reeves.
The mobile studio has a custom wrap that features students form across the district.
Students will be able to use the studio, controlling the equipment and using the cameras. The studio will visits schools at events such as Friday night football games, where the digital media students can conduct pregame interviews with the coaches and players.
Other school events that the bus may cover at schools include spelling bees and high school graduations. Students in the studio can even capture the moments when the teacher of the year and principal of the year are announced.
Students will complete their work inside this mobile studio. They will edit the events they film and then send it to Surry TV where it can be viewed on Surry TV’s local channe.
Hopefully the hands-on activities will prepare students for higher education and eventually a career, said Reeves.
Taylor said “I am excited that we could partner with Surry County Schools on this exciting project. I cannot wait to watch ballgames, arts wow and graduations again from the comfort of my own home. I want to thank the Surry County Schools Board of Education and all employees of the school system for allowing Surry TV to be partners in communication with them.”
“We are grateful for to them for helping us expand opportunities for our students. To our knowledge, we will be the only school district in the state to be the recipients of something of this magnitude.” said Reeves.
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