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Kirkland Lake students launch newscast to stay connected during school closures

It also looks at how students are passing the time in quarantine

KIRKLAND LAKE — With students out of school amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Kirkland Lake school has launched a new way to stay connected.

Today, Kirkland Lake District Composite School aired its first episode of KLDCS TV News.

It featured student Molly McCormack at a home news desk, delivering the news of the day, including morning announcements, information and other cool stuff. 

The episode opens with McCormack talking about the virus and how it has upended their daily lives and routines, and how the students have lost a month of the semester isolating in their homes. 

After some school announcements, they featured the first Maker's Corner, a segment looking at what students are doing to pass the time in quarantine.

KLDCS TV News was initiated by Dan Kurz, who is the specialist high skills major lead in the communications technology program.

According to District School Board Ontario North East, KLDCS has converted a space that used to be the library into a makerspace for students. The Greenhouse, as they call it, has equipment for coding, videography, music recording and mored. 

“We can take the kids out of the Greenhouse, but you can’t take the Greenhouse out of the kids," said Kurz about the project.


Maija Hoggett

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