Hills Garrison Fourth Graders Earn 2nd in NH Travel and Tourism Video

November 21, 2014

by Doug Robinson

Students from Mr. Perkins’ fourth grade class at Hills Garrison School earned second-place honors with their video that promoted NH tourism

For the past three years, the Department of NH Travel and Tourism has hosted the competition, “Class Act” which challenges fourth grade students across the state of NH to create a video for the purpose of answering the question, “Why should people come to NH and what makes it special?”

Last year, all fourth grade classes of Hills Garrison entered the competition, and Mr. Perkins’ fourth grade class won second place.

The New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism challenged the children to “work together with your class and produce a 60-second video showing off all of the things you love and have learned about New Hampshire.  Act, sing, make a commercial, do an interview or reenactment …, or come up with a brand new idea of your own!  Your video should show visitors to our beautiful state how much fun it is here and help them learn about all the things they can do when they get here.”

The goal of the experience was to “provide an educational, team, team build project for fourth grade students, in which they can enjoy the creative challenge of condensing their message into a 60-second time frame” stated the NH Department of Travel and Tourism.

Across the state of New Hampshire, 27 videos were created by NH fourth grade students.  Once submitted, a panel of seven judges reviewed the submissions.  The important criteria for which they won centered upon creativity, editing, originality, enthusiasm, innovation, sound, video quality, showcasing of NH, experiences from the different regions of NH, overall product, and presentation.

The overall goal for the project was “to create a 60-second video to convince someone who has never been her (to NH), to come to NH.

As winners of second place for 2014, the fourth grade students earned the opportunity to meet and greet the Valley Snow Dogz.

“Rosie” was her name and she won the hearts of all the fourth graders at Hills Garrison.  At 9 years old, the Alaskan Husky belonged to a family of 23 fellow dogs who works for Valley Snow Dogz.

Owner Lidia Dale-Medsaros of Valley Snow Dogz spoke of her passion and her love of dog sledding during the presentation of her dog sled business to the fourth grade students.

Students learned not only about the health and training habits of sled dogs, the students also learned about the care, courage, obedience, and as well as the types of races, and the commitment required to compete nationally with a sled dog team.