A Girdwood School Premier
By P.M. Fadden
Turnagain Arm residents are poised to benefit by the addition of new multimedia technology. Girdwood K-8 School announced recent acquisition of a premier grade, cinema quality digital projector.
“The idea to add a projector came from needs surveys with staff and dialogue with parents,” said Girdwood School Principle Erik Viste. “We used remaining Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment monies unspent from the Capital Project construction funds toward a purchase that adds a new feature to the school and the community.”
Second-year Wisconsin transplant, Viste helms a Girdwood K-8 facility fully completed only the previous 2016/17 academic year. The school houses a student body of nearly two hundred pupils and its newly purchased projector marks the latest enhancement to a scholastic environment aiming at continuous community improvement.
“Since its construction, the school did not have a projector in the Commons area and did not have the ability to cut through the ambient light from the large windows in that Commons,” Viste said. “As the school did not have a large projector, teachers were forced to use a small, low tech projection cart that was able to show static screens but was not able to keep up with dynamic presentations or videos.”
“The benefit is that the projector will provide another opportunity to engage students, communicate information and add to the culture of the school,” he said.
As both gear unveiling and film premier, Girdwood K-8 School will utilize its new technology at the Commons area, Thursday, November 9th to show a ground breaking documentary.
The production, entitled Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, is a free admission, 6 p.m. showing of a documentary proclaimed to be a first-ever exploration into child-focused, digital screen studies and the accompanying areas for parental awareness.
With Girdwood K-8 School now possessing appropriate technology to show Sceenagers, parents and children can better view the documentary’s suggested solutions to a growing digital screen age. A panel discussion will follow the showing.
The school is now additionally equipped to offer engaging activities to the Four Valleys, said Viste.
“We add another educational feature to stimulate learning and dialogue with our students and the community as a whole,” he said.
Pending other projects in relation to the new feature are the hoped for showings of community interest films with panel discussions and serial screenings of ski and snow safety films.
“The projector will allow us to use the movie license that Four Valleys Community Schools and our PTA sponsored in a large capacity,” Viste said. “Rather than making a trip to Anchorage to see a film, the hope is to have periodic evening events including documentary screenings, like Screenagers, or current movies to also be shown for the entire community.”
Girdwood K-8 School’s ability to now screen cinema quality films is the most recent project among a list that includes future investment in new playground equipment and a greenhouse.
“These are investments in the school and the community,” Viste said.
“We are thankful for the support of Four Valleys Community School and our PTA to make this Thursday screening happen.”