Students in the Lac des Bois media club are reporting on current events in their school. Teacher-librarian Leisbet Beaudry got the club started in October. 

Media club keeping Lac des Bois in focus

News never stops, even in an elementary school. At Ecole Lac des Bois, a media club is on the job, staying on top of current events.

The club operates under the guidance of teacher-librarian Leisbet Beaudry, who came up with the idea and recruited members by way of a sign-up sheet. The nine students in media club are equipped with cameras and take photos of happenings around the school. Then, each Monday, they meet in the library with Beaudry, who selects pictures for use on the Lac des Bois website. Before the photos are posted, the student newshounds write captions for them, in English and French.

Grade 6 student Pippa Earl signed up for media club because it meshed well with her interests.

“I like participating in things with the school and I like taking photos,” she said.

So far, images media club members have captured include: photos from the school’s DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) event, held on Oct. 21; Lac des Bois students in their Halloween costumes, as well as a Halloween haunted house built by the school’s Grade 7s; a collection of arcade games made out of cardboard by Grade 3 students; and Remembrance Day art by a Grade 2 class.

Each media club member is assigned to two Lac des Bois classes. The member is responsible for keeping tabs on those classes and taking care of the organizational work before doing any actual photography. On a photo shoot, Earl and close friend Reese Harper like to team up whenever possible.

“We like to have more opportunities to take pictures so when we go into the classes we do it together,” said Harper, who is also in Grade 6. “We find a time where our teachers can give us the time so both of us can leave and take pictures of the classes.”

One of the big assignments coming up for the Lac des Bois media club will be to snap photos at the school’s Winter Music Celebration on Dec. 18. 

Earl and Harper enjoy being part of media club and plan to carry out their duties all the way through to the end of the school year. Both are looking forward to taking pictures at the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event in May. Jump Rope for Heart supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and is near and dear to the Lac des Bois school community, which has raised more than $110,000 for the organization in the past seven years.

Neither Earl nor Harper see working in media as a future career but both would like to continue with photography as a hobby.

“I really do like taking pictures,” Harper said with a smile.