The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 18, 2014

Star treatment: Movie premiere held at Prairie View for students’ Kid Witness News videos

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Lori Painter’s fourth-grade students were given star treatment at the movie premiere of their Kid Witness News videos Tuesday afternoon at Prairie View Elementary School.

As parents looked on with pride and teachers and other students sat back to enjoy, a public service announcement and a “Dragnet” style newscast created by the class were aired.

The videos were produced as part of Kid Witness News, a competition hosted by Panasonic.

“The story you are about to hear is true,” the announcer said. “The facts were made up to entertain you.”

“TrashNet 2,” a newscast modeled after the old television show “Dragnet,” focused on recycling.

“Dum, da-dum, dum, dum,” the announcer intoned.

After the viewing, students handed out DVDs of the videos and autographed photos of the cast.

According to the Panasonic website, Kid Witness News is a hands-on video education program emphasizing team-centered learning. Panasonic provides the students with the latest digital equipment so they can communicate stories important to them.

The videos showcase the world “through their eyes.”

Painter said the Prairie View class’ videos will be entered in a national competition.

“We’ll know in mid-March if they win,” Painter said.

“Winning teams from across the country will be flown to the NY/NJ area to participate in Winners’ Weekend — a weekend of activities celebrating their accomplishments and to receive top honors at the New Vision Awards ceremony,” Panasonic’s website reads.

Winning teams also get a trophy, banner and recognition on the KWN website.

The New Vision Award for Best Video of the Year will represent the United States in the KWN global competition.