First-grade class builds life skills with a daily news show

Posted at 6:13 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 18:13:01-04

CINCINNATI -- The daily routine of first-graders at Armleder School looks a lot different from the daily routine of a WCPO reporter -- less coffee and more coloring, for one thing -- but they're all in the same business. 

Armleder I-Witness News, which features students in front of the camera and behind the scenes, brings the news to the entire school every morning. 

Student anchors such as Janiyah practice their public speaking skills and keep their classmates informed about important stories like their teacher's birthday and upcoming events at the school.

"It helps me concentrate in school because I'm more happy than sad," Janiyah said.

One kindergarten student, Jaleya, even focused harder on learning to read in hopes of landing a bigger role in production.

Teacher Pamela Bailey, who oversees the production, said she believes the project blends fun and education by teaching her students important skills for life.

"No matter what's happened on their way in --they're late, they got up late they didn't have the right homework in their bag or lunch -- they come through that threshold knowing, ‘It's go time and I need to bring it,'" she said. "And they do every day."