Central News Network airs first “live” newscast to their Madison County peers, parents, community

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Gifted and Talented Teacher Kim VanHooser helped her students air their first live morning show via Facebook Live on Thursday morning. This is the first live broadcast since the school began doing the morning show 10 years ago. Prior to this, they would pre-record the news, edit it then air it a few days later.

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Central School have the opportunity to sign up for the anchor spots and two people fill the chairs each day. On Thursday morning, Drew McDonald and Rose Geinert took those spots.

"I thought I would do pretty good," McDonald said.

"At first I was a little nervous, but then I got used to it while we were filming and everything," Geinert said.

VanHooser said the daily newscast is comprised of a number of topics which are important to their school and the community.

"We look at events going on around Central School and at our feeder schools, we do historical facts so kids have to choose two of those," VanHooser said. "Special events, anything that is newsworthy that's happening around the school that we feel the kids need to be involved in, we address that on the show too."

After the camera turns off, teachers said the students walk away with an important skill.

"I feel like it helps me talk in front of more people," McDonald said. "I can be more verbal with people so I can be more interactive."