SHS media program receives $5,000 donation

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Kate Wehlann, Staff Writer

The Salem High School media program got an extra boost last Tuesday with a $5,000 donation from Hoosier Uplands. The CEO, David Miller, came to present the donation in person. “I was contacted about them wanting to start this program and this comes from the Community Development and Improvement program,” said Miller. “This fit our criteria for this program and it’s all local money going back to local people.”

Miller said Hoosier Uplands’ CDI program has helped programs at Bedford North-Lawrence and Paoli High Schools and they’ve given to the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership and similar organizations at other counties.

“We try to give back to the community,” said Miller. “This is a very needed area and this will give kids a hands-on experience.”

Holden Kidd is a member of the media program at Salem High School and said the donation means the program is getting noticed.

“All publicity is good publicity,” he said. “This expands a lot on what we can do.”

Fellow student Abby Persinger agrees. “This makes the possibilities for what we can do endless.”

Teacher JD Wade-Swift said donations like that show community support, which is needed for the program, but also benefits the community. “It brings the world in,” he said. “If companies invest in kids now, it only helps them later. Kids will be that much more ready and competitive on a global level. Having that community support is key. It’s not just recognition; it’s a partnership and it will make these companies better.”

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