To the air waves for Tupelo public schools

TUPELO – It was Lights! Camera! Action! for the ABCs on Monday.
Comcast began taping footage for the first monthly episode of “Celebrating Excellence” for the Tupelo Public School District.
The video crew along with Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver visited about 20 classrooms at Church Street and Lawhon, the two schools to be featured in September.
At Church Street School, the camera found rhyming, music and art. Shaver got to join in on a musical telling of “Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and helped clean up an egg that missed the brownie batter during Church Street’s weekly kindergarten cooking session.
At Lawhon, Shaver and school board member Eddie Prather had a chance to read with students, investigate boat making in the Challenge class and see interactive whiteboard at work.
Lawhon student fifth-grader Edie Thomas got to work behind the camera – holding up cue cards for Principal Christy Carroll and her classmates – before taking a turn in front of the camera.
“My favorite thing about Lawhon is that it is so colorful and friendly here,” she said when she was interviewed with other students who are new to Lawhon.
The new show, which will debut Sept. 1, will spotlight many of the things the schools offer students.
“We want to show that we put children first in what we do daily,” Carroll said.
Each month different schools will be featured along with a 10-minute Tupelo High School sports update. The sports segment is being produced by Tupelo High School students under the guidance of administrative assistant Niki Peel.
“We’re airing the shows for free,” said Chris Beachum, Comcast senior account executive. The district has secured sponsors to cover the cost of producing the material.

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