Four students at Polytech have come together to address the issue of childhood hunger and are looking to provide a visual message to the community in order to create awareness.
Polytech sophomores Laura Reed, Kylie Arndt, Alexa Morgera and William Arthur created a public service announcement using video as their medium. The video was then submitted in a contest hosted by Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).
The video earned the group a spot at HOSA’s state competition.
The group spent an hour one weekend shooting the video behind the school cafeteria, using Reed’s cell phone as their camera.
The video, which is in black and white, depicts three children holding cardboard signs that read “I’m hungry” and “Help me,” and shows a series of empty hands. An orange is placed in one pair of empty hands and the children smile happily. The children hold up signs informing the viewer that 15 million children die each year due to hunger. The creators of the video then appear holding signs that read “Stop child hunger!”
“I looked up child hunger videos and they were all sad,” Reed said. “I wanted to make it look sad and realistic.”
As part of the curriculum in her class, nurse assisting teacher Cynthia Moore required students to enter at least one HOSA contest category. Other categories include CPR, nurse assisting and public speaking.
“I really feel that this gives students an opportunity to learn leadership, team work, professionalism and community service, where they may not have had an opportunity to do that elsewhere,” Moore said.
To qualify for the state competition the group first had to compete at the school level against members of other health related organizations.
Students were required to screen their PSA and make a speech before the Polytech administration. The video made by Arndt, Reed, Morgera and Arthur was selected to move on to the state competition, which will be held March 25 at the Delaware State Fire School.
“It felt great knowing that our video was good enough quality to make it to state level,” Arndt said.
As part of the competition, the students had to get exposure for the PSA. It has aired twice on the school’s televised morning announcements and the video’s creators have contacted local media outlets to have the video aired displayed on the outlets’ websites. Arndt is hoping that airing the PSA for the local community will have an impact on hunger.
“I hope this shows people that there are more kids starving than they think there are,” Arndt said. “I hope they will reach out and help and be aware that child hunger is a big deal.”
Page 2 of 2 - The Polytech team will compete against students from 14 other schools at the state level. They’ll be required to make a presentation, screen their video and talk about how they went about trying to get air time for their PSA. If the students earn first place at the state level they will move on to the national competition in Orlando, Fla., Arndt said.
Leading up to the March competition, the Polytech group is finishing the final touches on the project.
“We’re putting the finishing touches on our speech, working to have more facts on child hunger and working to do something to help children and,” Arndt said. “We want to go to a food bank or some kind of place that helps kids get the food they need.”