HATFIELD — Pennfield Middle School was the only one of the three North Penn middle school's without a TV studio, until a local business stepped up to the plate.
Turn 14 Distribution has partnered with North Penn School District to assist with the opening of the middle school’s new student television studio.
The company’s donation went to Pennfield Middle School, which was previously the only of the three North Penn middle school’s without a TV studio.
The donation is part of the company's effort to enrich the community through education.
Turn 14 Distribution’s donation recipient is selected from a pool of communities and school districts which directly serve the company’s employee base, CEO of Turn 14 Distribution Pulli explained.
“Then, local officials are solicited for programs that need funding for surround youth education and technology,” Pulli said.
This year is not the first that Turn 14 Distribution has given back to the community.
“Last year’s project was awarded to Germantown Academy. The funding went toward a scholarship fund aimed at rewarding underprivileged students,” Pulli said.
There were multiple factors that went into the search for the recipient of this year’s donation.
“The combination of local, youth education and technology was key. We appreciate the local communities with in which we do business and strive to improve them through charitable initiatives,” Pulli said.
The company saw the funding gap that resulted in only two of three middle schools in the district having TV studios and stepped up to fill it.
Both of the other North Penn School District middle schools have been operating student run TV studios for multiple years now.
Students at Pennfield Middle School were hoping to have a TV studio like their peers at neighboring schools.
“We have had an eager crew of students who have wanted to not only do televised announcements but to create a weekly show about Pennfield,” Director of School and Community Engagement Christine Liberaski said.
The partnership with Turn 14 Distribution allowed Pennfield Middle School to acquire a full studio set-up, which includes cameras, teleprompters, microphones, lighting and other equipment.
“Students were really excited to get their hands on the equipment,” Liberaski said.
Students have not been shy when it comes to taking advantage of the opportunity.
“So far, there are about 15-20 students who have signed up to be a part of the PFTV program,” Liberaski said.
As for what is to come with the new television studio?
“They are just getting started on their training. Stay tuned!” Liberaski said.