Cable TV program aims to give residents news they can use on schools Show's panelists to offer advice on colleges, jobs

October 02, 1998|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Community activist Lewis Bracy says he wants to spotlight DTC students' achievements and give people news about local public schools that they can use on the new cable television show he's starting.

The show, "Your Schools, Your Community and You," will use a panel of local professionals who will interview guests from area businesses, county schools and colleges.

"The whole purpose is to highlight student achievement and to give people news they can use," said Bracy, the show's producer.

Bracy, a Severn resident, said he came up with the idea of producing the show as a way to show young children and teen-agers how to make job and college choices.

The panelists will talk about college admissions, technical training and alternatives to public schools. Bracy plans to bring on student guests who will talk about how to succeed in school.

Jim Jackson, an admissions counselor at Anne Arundel Community College and a panelist, said he plans to bring to the show guests who can teach high school students how to plan for college.

"I want to show students how to navigate from high school to college, how to plan for it, and I want to give parents information they will need about it," he said.

Donnell Harris, whose book about how to increase harmony in communities, "One Last Call," was published last spring, said he has planned segments on vocational training and computers, along with discussions of educational issues with local politicians.

"Not everyone who graduates from high school, public or private, is going to college," Harris said. "And my topics won't just be about vocational and technical training, but about how the business community can better communicate with the schools so that they schools can better prepare students for the working world."

Karen Williams, who grew up in Annapolis and is a computer analyst at the National Security Agency, will tape segments that deal with alternatives to public schools, such as Montessori and parochial schools.

"Some children may not be getting the encouragement they need right away. Kids need to get stroked in school or they will get disillusioned," she said.

The show will begin airing Tuesday in Annapolis on Channel 15 and in other parts of the county at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 on Channel 98.

Anyone with ideas for the show should call Bracy at 410-551-7660.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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