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Washington Middle School asks you to “Match the Mayor”

Washington Middle School is urging the community to “Match the Mayor” as the school attempts to raise $7,000 to create a high quality video production studio for use by student journalists.
Cairo Mayor Richard VanLandingham and his wife Teresa have generously donated $3,500 toward the project and the VanLandinghams and WMS officials are hoping the community will come together to “Match the Mayor” in order to raise the additional $3,500.
Washington students for several years have produced WMS Tiger Talk, a video production of school happenings and events that is broadcast each morning of the school year.
Media Specialist Beth Womble is attempting to enhance the live morning show with virtual sets, archive productions for replay and post-production editing capabilities.
The expansion will involve a partnership with the CTAE program at Cairo High School.
Equipment to be purchased includes cameras, microphones, lighting, computer, and a video switcher that will allow the show to be streamed on the web or the school’s network.
The studio would also be used by students to create multimedia projects for classroom use as well as the Georgia Media Festival competition.
Last year, WMS students represented the Grady County School System at the District Media Festival. According to Mrs. Womble, with an expanded program students will have the opportunity to compete at the state level.
“We are so thankful for the support of Mr. and Mrs. VanLandingham. They are strong supporters of the school system and Washington Middle School. I am hopeful the community will help us match the mayor and raise the $7,000 we need for this worthwhile project,” WMS Principal Tilda Brimm said.
If you are interested in making a contribution to the “Match the Mayor” fund contact Ms. Brimm or Mrs. Womble at 229-377-2106.

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