Pupils link with US re­porter on hur­ri­cane

Midweek Visiter - - Front page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

PUPILS at a Formby school were de­lighted to re­ceive a video mes­sage from an Amer­i­can TV news re­porter who was im­pressed with their work.

Over the past few weeks, Years 3 and 4 pupils at Trin­ity St Pe­ter’s CE Pri­mary School have been learn­ing about cli­mate change.

As part of their English lessons, they chose to write news­pa­per re­ports about Hur­ri­cane Irma and the im­pact it has had on Florida in par­tic­u­lar.

Af­ter watch­ing news re­ports on­line and read­ing ar­ti­cles from other news­pa­pers, they sent their own work to An­nie Hubbell, a re­porter from US TV net­work ABC who has been cov­er­ing the ef­fects of the hur­ri­cane from Fort My­ers, Florida.

To their sur­prise and de­light, the pre­sen­ter was so im­pressed by their work that she sent her own mes­sage of thanks to the pupils, giv­ing them an ex­tra in­sight into what was hap­pen­ing in the af­fected area.

An­nie recorded a spe­cial video mes­sage from the ABC stu­dio, prais­ing in­di­vid­ual chil­dren for their news­pa­per re­ports and pro­vid­ing them with de­tails and footage of the work she has been car­ry­ing out in Florida since the hur­ri­cane hit.

Year 4 teach­ers, Mr King and Mr Killa, said: “We al­ways want to make the chil­dren’s learn­ing pur­pose­ful and in­ter­ac­tive when­ever pos­si­ble.

“We were blown away by the ef­fort Miss Hubbell put into her re­port.

“It is a fan­tas­tic global link to have in the Formby com­mu­nity and has pro­vided the chil­dren with a last­ing mem­ory.”

An­nie’s mes­sage came through to the chil­dren on Mon­day morn­ing and they were so ex­cited to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for their work and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Hur­ri­cane Irma.

Year 4 pupil Harry said: “It was amaz­ing to see the video. We were so lucky to be shown around her news sta­tion and to see what she does on a daily ba­sis.”

Year 3 teacher Miss Mor­ris added: “We can’t thank Miss Hubbell enough for tak­ing our learn­ing to the next level.”

The chil­dren were de­lighted to re­ceive An­nie’s video and sent her a thank you mes­sage

An­nie Hubbell of ABC

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