The first class to participate in the TV Production program between the City of Homestead Public Information Office and South Dade Senior High TV Production class was recognized at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick. The group of students worked diligently in applying all their production skills to document and produce video segments about the events that commemorated the City of Homestead historic Centennial.
"We commend you for your outstanding efforts in documenting the momentous historic centennial celebration events for the City of Homestead’s 100th Anniversary,” said Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick, Liaison to the Centennial Steering Committee. “The City salutes you for the amazing job you did utilizing your time and talents, to capture our story for the community to view now, and for generations to come.”
TV Production Teacher Patrick Sicher and TV Production students Krista Sinclair, Luis Gonzalez, and Crystal Raquel Ruiz were awarded certificates of recognition by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick for their production of four videos memorializing the City of Homestead Centennial Celebrations. Other TV Production students who participated in this year’s documentation of the City’s Centennial event but who were unable to attend the meeting are: Cesar Sapin, Alex Ohye, Milton Rodriguez, and Stephen Habich.
The City of Homestead and the South Dade Senior High TV Production Program allows students to gain valuable work experience as they provide educational television content for the City of Homestead’s Public Access Channel. The program, created between the city’s Public Information Office and SDSH TV Production Class, incorporates into the students’ curriculum the video coverage of city events. Students gain valuable experience by covering local events, meeting community leaders and getting involved in municipal programs. At the same time, they help showcase Homestead and serve as important informants to Homestead residents, who are interested in learning about City events and services. The videos are shown in the City’s Public Access Channel, Comcast’s channel 77 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 as well as the City of Homestead YouTube account http://www.youtube.com/user/CityofHomestead
The group of students that was recognized produced a total of four videos that documented the major events celebrating the Homestead Centennial. The first video produced was at Losner Park in Historic Downtown Homestead on Saturday, August 18 on the Homestead Centennial Kick-off Celebration. This event invited families from all over Homestead to celebrate the City’s 100th anniversary, and its unique history alongside families of Homestead’s earliest pioneers. The second video produced was about the Centennial Children’s Day celebration on Saturday, September 22 at Harris Field Pavilion. This event invited children from all over Homestead to celebrate, and learn about Homestead’s history, while enjoying an art, essay and photography exhibit of over a hundred entries themed “Homestead’s One Hundred Year History.” The third video produced featured the City of Homestead’s fast approaching 100-year milestone alongside a traditional 30-year rivalry game between Homestead Senior High and South Dade Senior High. The final video produced was on Homestead’s Big Centennial Birthday celebration at Harris Field on Saturday February 2. The event featured live bands, a kids zone with rides and carnival games, dozens of food trucks, a historical show called “The Homestead Story,” a centennial birthday cake, and a grand fireworks display that could be seen throughout the city.