Garinger Students Report for National Audience

Lachu Adhikari and Jamon Sanders taking pictures of Garinger High school in the school parking lot for the Garinger garden news story for PBS January 4, 2018. Photo by Donato Castrejon.

By Donato Castrejon

Charlotte, N.C January 4, 2018 Garinger High School is participating in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, to connect middle schools and high school students with public media stations to produce original, reliable, youth-focused news reports.

Students are able to broadcast content on the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast along with teachers ensuring that they help the program leaders create curriculum for the young people to be more engaged with news and public affairs, making sure young voices are active in conversations pertaining serious issues involving the nation.

“It’s simply fantastic. It gives students real world experience, it’s hands on and they get to report about issues important to them. I appreciate Jeff Sonier from WTVI for mentoring the students. It’s rare that students have the opportunity to work side by side with a professional journalist”, said a Garinger English teacher Michele Lemere, who applied for the program and is implementing it in her her fourth period journalism class.

A lot of the students who are active in the program are very interested about it. “I feel very excited, I feel like I have special privileges”, said  junior Jamon Sanders. “I feel like you get to learn a lot of things and learn something new,” said a senior named Lachu Adhikari.

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