To the Editor:

Have you visited the students in Bill Muench's film class at Burr and Burton? One can drop in anytime and see real life work happening there.

There is energy, laughter, teamwork, listening, support and sharing in this space. Students feel comfortable and at ease as they create and learn together. As an Educator in Private Practice, I met and worked with Bill Muench last year and saw the level of work these students were doing on a film documenting their volunteer work during the clean up after Hurricane Sandy. (see Vemio.com/86354875).

In Bill's class, students are respected and encouraged, challenged and given opportunity to grow into caring contributors to their communities. Students use professional equipment to make their films. They develop their own sound/music to highlight the feel of their films.

This fall, I met Jim Brangan, grant coordinator with the Cham plain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

The students are now very engaged in filming their Community Film documentaries. This grant connects perfectly with the mission of Burr and Burton which is to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service.

These documentaries will be shared on a student designed website which will be available soon. If you know of an event or person who would be a good film subject, please contact the grant contractor, Cheryl Young, at cy5545@gmail.com.

Cheryl Young Dorset


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