AC Students Get Real World Experience Producing Best Buddies Virtual Gala with WROC

Posted on December 7th, 2020 by acsrochester

This fall, AC’s Production and Design students were given a choice of partnerships they could participate in, and seven of the students selected a collaboration with the Western New York chapter of Best Buddies, a global nonprofit organization that strives to create one-on-one friendships between volunteers and children with developmental disabilities to maintain an environment of inclusivity. Since about the third week of school, these dedicated students have worked countless hours to help produce the Best Buddies Champions Gala. This annual gala is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, and this year, due to the pandemic, the event needed to be held virtually.

For their part in this collaboration, AC students were given the responsibility of creating and producing vignettes, commercials, and promotional social media content for the gala, and their work culminated in the creation of a 30-minute pre recorded segment that aired December 5th on WROC Channel 8. Throughout the collaboration, students were in contact with the Best Buddies Program Manager, Lindsay Jewett, for nearly two months, often meeting with her via Zoom multiple days of the week as they planned and executed the various aspects of this project. They also had a virtual meeting with WROC to review the formatting requirements needed to  properly air their videos on TV. 

“Before Thanksgiving break, our group went to the Arbor Loft in Rochester to film for the prerecorded virtual gala. Students in our class also took on the responsibility of filming and editing hours worth of footage to make commercials to play on Channel 8 during the event. Throughout this process, each of us discovered that we were capable of doing big projects such as this, and we put our leadership skills to work identifying peer leaders within our group to help manage the program efficiently. We are very thankful to not only the Best Buddies Organization for letting us help with such a big project, but to our peers and teachers for helping us work on this safely and efficiently and, ultimately, leading us to success.”  Alicia Strader, AC Senior  

The Gala raised more than $35,000 for programming in WNY. To learn more about Best Buddies or to get involved visit https://www.bestbuddies.org/.

Watch the Virtual Gala Segment

Behind the Scenes

Students Involved

Morgan Fowler
Social Media Content Designer

 

Erin Kim
Logistics Support

 

Jonathan Ragan
Videography and Editing

 

Thomas Riveros
Videography and Editing

 

Alicia Strader
Social Media Logistics Lead

 

Awak Thongjang
Videography & Editing

 

Lola Wilmont
Project Lead  and Graphic Design

 

Faculty Director

Tony Tepedino

Tony Tepedino

Since starting at Allendale Columbia in 1994, Tony has taken on many different roles. He has coached a variety of sports, including Varsity Girls' Basketball and Varsity Golf. He taught physical education for seven years, kindergarten for seven years, and served as the Director of Curricular Technology for five years. Tony is currently serving as a faculty member in the Center for Entrepreneurship where he teaches electives for both middle and upper school students. He is also the Faculty Professional Learning Coordinator and C0-creator of TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool. Recently, Tony was Co-chair of the NYSAIS Accreditation Steering Committee and is a member of the Upper School Student Success Team responsible for Student Life. Tony was also the Program Coordinator for the Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program (IYLEP). He holds a master’s degree in Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. Tony is the proud father of two children, Gabi and Trip. He enjoys hiking, reading, travel, cooking, and learning about new things. 

If you could do any job in the world besides what you do now, what would it be?
I would co-host the T.V. show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Who wouldn't enjoy touring the country discovering the best food places and sharing that with the world?!
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Middle School Meets May Term

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino
Special thanks to Lindsey Brown for this write up on Middle School May Term.
Middle School Students at Allendale Columbia School broke new ground this Spring by participating in an authentic learning initiative called May Term.  Students spent three hours each morning completing an in-depth exploration of a topic outside of the conventional curriculum.  In these sessions they were required to work together to solve real-world problems in ways that reached beyond the immediate school community.
Whether it was analyzing artifacts from a real archeological dig, creating a video game for a larger audience, building a survival shelter in the rain, or writing and staging a play at a community nursing home, students were challenged to be creative and collaborative often in areas outside of their comfort zone.  They were also invited to use technology to create their own content in sessions such as “Behind the Lens: Photojournalism” and “Action: Screenplays, Storyboards and Soundtracks.”
In the afternoon, students were able to choose eight different intramural sessions taught by a wide variety of Allendale Columbia community members.  Students made muffins with the kitchen staff and practiced meditation with the school psychologist.  They walked the nature trail, played rugby, drew original Manga and auditioned for our talent show.  Faculty and staff offered a total of twenty eight sessions, and students were able to choose the experiences that most interested them.
Reflection was also an integral part of May Term.  Students participated in daily discussion groups and created a blog to record and process their experiences.  Tina Duver, Dean of Middle School students, writes:

Words and picture will never fully describe the success and energy present this week, but it will help serve as a memory and record of a wonderful May Term during this final week of the 2012-2013 school year.

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