Mosaic program to debut cyberbullying PSA


BENNINGTON >> Working with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Catamount Access Television, students in the Mosaic program at Mount Anthony Union Middle School have created a video warning about the dangers of cyberbullying.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the students will show their video production to the public at 3 p.m. in room 2405 of the middle school. They will also show a second video on a surprise topic, which the students chose in the final two sessions of the program. The students worked with CAT-TV production coordinator Ryan Scutt, who taught them how to shoot and edit their video, as well as AmeriCorps vista Rory Price, who has been working with SVMC since August. The students chose cyberbullying as their topic because of its current relevance, Scutt said.

"The video is both engaging and poignant, considering the popularity of social media sites, handheld devices and digital platforms," said Scutt.

The relationship between CAT-TV, SVMC, and Mosaic started last year, when the three groups teamed up to complete one of the nine Southshire Challenges, which were sponsored by the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. SVMC challenged to Mosaic students to make a video about the healthy living. "I can't tell you how much this video means to our current health system," said SVMC director of strategic planning Jim Trimarchi at last year's unveiling, "We don't know how to talk to the youth, the kids in Bennington and the surrounding community... We need you to talk to your friends, and show them the healthy way. Think about it, your friends, the people you hang out with, aren't going to listen to me, I'm just some guy in a suit, they're going to listen to you."

The Mosaic afterschool program offers a wide variety of programs, which change every semester. The program is funded through the 21st century learning grant, which the school was just re-approved for this summer. The students in the video production program meet once a week.

CAT-TV is a public access television network, covering Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Pownal, and Woodford.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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