A student at St. Michael School in Orland Park works on a video club project. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 4, 2013 6:02AM
The video club at St. Michael School in Orland Park is celebrating 20 years as an activity for its eighth-grade students.
The club produces weekly live broadcasts to students, films school events and pep rallies, and makes the annual eighth-grade memory video, which is handed out to students at the end of the school year.
Ken Jackson founded the club 20 years ago when a parent asked for his help in making a video.
Because the school didn’t have any video equipment, Jackson acquired used and broken equipment, which he repaired and used to create the film, according to a news release. The club blossomed from there and Jackson continues to hold weekly meetings.
Students are taught how to handle equipment, editing, writing and interview techniques, among other things. During the year, they rotate jobs for weekly broadcasts so they get experience as producers, camera operators, soundboard adjusters, interviewers and on-air presenters, according to the release.