ESK Wins Rotary International Video Award

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Episcopal School of Knoxville edges out students from 11 other countries highlighting the effort to eradicate Polio

The project was a great opportunity to expose our students to real world issues and challenge them to find a way to make a difference.

The Episcopal School of Knoxville’s (ESK) Interact Club recently competed in the 2011 international Interact video contest. Going head to head with teams from 11 other countries, ESK’s eighth graders finished strong as the Rotary International grand-prize winner.

The video, “Change 4 Change,” was created entirely by members of the student body and relays the story of ESK students collaborating on a children’s book about the worldwide attempt to eradicate Polio. The book’s purpose was to raise funds and build awareness for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. The project began in October when the officers of Interact, a service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Knoxville, learned about the End Polio Now project.

“The children had so much fun creating this video,” said Laurie Coburn, ESK’s Interact sponsor. “They took sole responsibility for everything that went into making it resonate with people and pull at their heartstrings. The project was a great opportunity to expose our students to real world issues and challenge them to find a way to make a difference.”

The book at the center of this project was written and illustrated by students in grades K-7. The eighth graders worked to create a video showcasing the collaborative process involved in writing and illustrating the book for the Interact competition. The video is narrated by students of all ages and the process of making it provided the eighth grade students the chance to shoot, edit and compose the background music as well as create a score.

“This award means a great deal to our school,” noted Jay Secor, ESK headmaster. “We value the creative process and how it enhances the total development of our students. This project afforded students of all ages the opportunity to work together on a project that could save lives.”

ESK students plan to sell the book with 100 percent of proceeds going to Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative.

About Episcopal School of Knoxville

The Episcopal School of Knoxville (ESK) is an independent, co-educational school which offers academic excellence and character training to students in grades Kindergarten-8. Offering an interdisciplinary curriculum and a number of interscholastic activities, ESK provides a faith-based environment, but does not require students to ascribe to any particular faiths and seeks children of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Episcopal School of Knoxville prepares students for higher education and a lifetime of learning within the context of a loving, family-centered environment. Average class size at ESK is 15. Visit esknoxville.org to learn more.

About Rotary Club

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago in 1905. For more information, visit rotary.org.

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