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Hightower High Broadcast Academy Scores Another Grant

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This past January, when the Houston Press awarded its first-ever MasterMinds Awards to three local groups showing cutting edge creativity and determination, one of the recipients of a $2,000 check from us was the Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy, headed up by Ted Irving, the media academy coordinator.

Today Irving announced that the academy has also received a $5,000 Teach Award from Best Buy Co., Inc. "for integrating interactive technology into its classroom curriculum."

The grant money that the broadcast academy has received so far (they were also recipients of an earlier Captain Planet Foundation Grant) is being used to fund a 30-minute documentary the students are doing on the wetlands of Fort Bend County. The resulting educational DVD will be distributed to all Fort Bend County libraries and Fort Bend ISD schools.

"Teachers are finding creative ways to engage students by using technology hands-on. We want to support their efforts by helping them enhance or expand these programs," said Paula Prahl, senior vice president public affairs, communications, public affairs, and corporate responsibility, Best Buy Co. Inc. "We know that schools are the cornerstones of these communities where our employees, customers, and their families live and work."

The Hightower media academy has won an Emmy, 21 national Telly Awards, a Summit Award and several Worldfest Houston awards for short films, news packages and new media content.

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