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Sullivans School Rolls out the Red Carpet and Raises Awareness with Ele-Boosters

By Steve Parker
Sullivans School Rolls out the Red Carpet and Raises Awareness with Ele-Boosters

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan—Last spring, a World Premiere Film Festival was held in the upper cafeteria of Sullivans Elementary School, a Department of Defense Education Agency (DoDEA) School on board Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan.
Over 100 parents, teachers, administrators, siblings, and ele-boosters crowded into the cafeteria and enjoyed snacks while their ele-booster peers presented over 20 films about the plight of Asian Elephants in Southeast Asia. Students used computer technology and equipment provided by Sullivans to create their environmentally aware, creative, and meaningful films.
Ele-Boosters is an after-school club that met weekly at Sullivans Elementary School since the beginning of the calendar year. The club was sponsored by Mrs. Kimberly Blair, an assessor and bilingual educator at the Sullivans. Over 20 third through fifth graders were in the club this year and they produced 20 films using footage gathered by their sponsor. Blair shot the raw video footage during three years of her summer vacation, which she spent hiking and camping through the rain forests of Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Claire Bogen, one of the Ele-Boosters, said about her film, “I tried to make my film fun and funny so my message would be easier to remember.” When asked about the experience, Blair, the club sponsor stated, “Ele-Boosters make movies that raise awareness of elephant welfare and environmental issues. Their movies show their knowledge of science and technology as well as their compassion for animals and concern for the environment.”

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