Wallenpaupack High School Students Create Dynamic Video To Support Wayne Pike Adult Literacy


(Hawley, PA) – Wallenpaupack High School offers outstanding opportunities in part to Colleen Edwards, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator and David Jackman, Video/Photography teacher. Creating a dynamic video for a local non-profit organization shows the power of community collaboration.

The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) was looking for assistance in creating short videos to document its participants – both tutors and students. Ms Edwards presented the challenge to high school students and Brynn Wierbowski answered the call. Brynn is a sophomore with an interest in video production. With a firm grasp of the scope of the project, Brynn brought in her friend and colleague, Zach Kiesendahl. Under the supervision of David Jackman, Brynn and Zach worked closely with WPALP Board member, Laurie A. Guzda.

Ms Guzda served as the director of the project. “What truly moves me about WPALP is that everyone involved has a story to tell.” Laurie came to WPALP as a tutor but quickly found her service in marketing to be of greater value. “Working with Brynn and Zach is a true pleasure. One might easily forget that they are high school students. They are professional, talented and the result is outstanding.”

David Jackman commented, “This project speaks to the value of connecting outside business with students to gain ‘real world’ experience. Working with a client is very different than creating a personal video. This helps students better understand the skills and expectations needed for a career in broadcast communication.”

The project will include several short videos that focus on a campaign bringing awareness to adult literacy. The campaign slogan, Literacy Adds Color to Your Life, was shot black and white in a documentary style.  Annette Petry, WPALP Board President and tutor, was selected for the first video. The result is powerful and provokes deep emotion.

The video release is scheduled for March 1st, 2016. You can view the video at: https://youtu.be/ObLr_VfbZPQ

The next video currently in preproduction is a little different in that it will document one the most significant tutors from the area who passed away in 2013, Rose Robacker.  For those who knew Rose, you know what an amazing life story this woman lived. Anyone who would like to contribute photos, information and/or their own experience with Rose are invited to contact Laurie Guzda by April 1st at Laurie@LAGuzda.com or call 570.335.6824.