Derek Marshall’s JTED Audiovisual Media students are getting up-close and personal with history while simultaneously perfecting their technical talents.
Marshall’s students from Sahuarita and Walden Grove high schools have teamed up with the La Posada’s Casa Community Center to work on the “Story Keeping at Casa” program.
Senior citizens recall their past while students use several emerging technology mediums to archive their stories, memories, history of geography and society, antidotes and advice.
The teenage crew edits the pieces onto a DVD and gives the forever keepsake to the interviewee at no cost.
Marshall says the benefit is mutual for both young and old – students sharpen their audiovisual abilities while experiencing a first-hand history lesson , and seniors preserve their stories to pass on to loved ones and future generations.
“There is communal magic in the way that the present is aiding the past,” says Marshall.
Marshall’s crew has recorded about 20 interviews, and they’re anxious to do – and learn – more.
“History books don’t always tell the whole story,” says Sahuarita High School junior Jesus Carrillo. “With Story Keeping, we get the whole story and history from people who have actually lived through it.”
Approximately 12 Sahuarita and Walden Grove high school students are involved in the project. Story Keepers is open to any senior citizen who wants to preserve their life events. For more information contact Casa Community Center Director Ellen March at (520) 393-6840.