‘District Insider’ -- New cable show spotlights BASD good work
Every household in Bethlehem will now be able to get a unique look inside Bethlehem Area School District since the district began its own TV program on RCN, “BASD District Insider.” The program began airinf Feb. 2 on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on channel 4.
“Not everyone accesses social media, but just about all of our constituents have cable TV,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy stated. “This is another avenue for us to share the good work going on in the district.”
Technology teacher Thomas Braun, who edits and produces the show, explained that students hand-picked from the theatre departments at Liberty HS and Freedom HS will host the show on a rotating basis each month. Hosting this month’s episode is Freedom senior Lucy Moeller.
A new 30-minute episode will be produced each month and will contain six or seven shorter videos featuring district events and initiatives, teaching segments and happenings with local foundations from which BASD draws much of its support. This month’s episode spotlights the Mini-THON event for which students raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research, Project Lead the Way – an analytical thinking program in which students solve real-world problems in biomedical science and engineering, and a quick science lesson with an experiment that can be replicated at home.
“There are so many unique events, cutting edge programs, outstanding students, and amazing staff members [at BASD],” Braun said. “We are going to try to show the public that these things are commonplace [here].”
Another of this month’s videos was recorded and produced by Liberty students Alycia Laluz, Jessica Delmore and Christian Gallagher in teachers Shaughn Bittner and Mike Gori’s video production class. The video spotlights the Kellyn Foundation, whose support has been pivotal to many of BASD’s programs.
For now, at least one video per episode will be student-created like this, Braun said, and the rest will be videos that he himself put together as BASD’s in-house videographer over the past year. Braun’s goal, however, is for students to produce more of the videos as they develop the skills for it and, eventually, run the whole show from start to finish.
“All in all, this is a masterpiece in progress,” Braun said. “As time goes on, I could see students taking a role in writing, editing, and essentially producing the entire show.”
Braun envisions “District Insider” offering limitless educational opportunities for students from both Liberty and Freedom as well as Bethlehem Area VoTech. Ultimately, he hopes the show deepens the community’s understanding of all that’s happening behind the doors of BASD schools.
“[BASD] is really an amazing place,” Braun said. “There are students that amaze me with their passion, teachers who make it a daily mission to inspire students, and parents that celebrate their school community like it is their own family. I’m hoping the District Insider can give others the chance to see this for themselves.”
District Insider can also be viewed on RCN’s Video on Demand (channel 1) any time. Service Electric also plans to air the show, although dates and times have not yet been finalized.