The following is from the May 25 meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education.
GATE students create 'hero' filmsAssistant Supt. of Instructional Services Nancy Hubbell presented details of the MyHero Gate program, which teaches students in the Gifted and Talented Education program at Top of the World Elementary, El Morro Elementary and Thurston Middle schools how to create films about their personal heroes.
The MyHero Film Project involves students from around the world.
Project founder Jeanne Myers, along with Director of Media Arts Education Wendy Milette, presented clips from Laguna Beach High and Thurston students' award-winning films during a Board of Education meeting last spring, where TOW Principal Ron LaMotte said he immediately saw the project's potential for elementary students in the district's GATE program.
These students are now working in collaborative teams to produce original films under Milette's guidance, and are responsible for every aspect of the production from initial idea to filming, to editing the final product.