Action Report: Outpouring of support from community helps Amite journalism students


Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 7:21 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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AMITE, La. -- Dana McLin's Journalism students at Amite High School are designing the new school yearbook, using a special Desktop Publishing program that Eyewitness News viewers helped buy.

"Now there's more styles and templates and just so much more that we can design with," said 9th grader Lacy Brunet.

"So this gave us freedom to do everything that we needed to do," said Journalism Teacher Dana McLin. "Like the kids said, pick out backdrops, and design templates, and load templates, and manipulate and load pictures."

At the time of the first Action Report in January, Dana McLin was struggling to buy a journalism program the school couldn't afford.

"What I'm hoping is they'll have a career path," McLin said then.

At the time of that first Action Report, Dana McLin needed just $500 to be able to buy that program. Well, people throughout the area heard her plea.

"I thought we were going to get a little bit of support, but had no idea we were going to get a mountain of support," she said. How quickly did it start coming in? "The moment that the segment aired," said McLin.

Donors bought the computer program, and subscriptions to news magazines designed for student journalists.

"Some of the people that really surprised me were the bus drivers," said McLin. They all pitched in, and said 'Kids, if you needed something, you should have juts come and asked us.' They donated, the local driving academy donated, finance companies donated."

"Oh I learned a lot, like how to put pictures and stuff on it," said one student.

"We're trying to teach that we are a community, and that we love them," said Amite High Principal Mildred Johnson. "And I'm trying not to get emotional, because it means a lot."

"It meant that they care for us, that they want us to be better," summed up 9th grader Breandra Brown.