The script and short film was the final project for Intro to Media Production.
Batson raises money for CPSD box lunch program
Conway High School junior, Maggie Batson, has established a fundraiser in Conway to raise money for hungry children. Conway Public Schools has been doing a boxed lunch program every Wednesday, and Batson wanted to help. She encouraged her fellow classmates to donate to her cause by relating their donations to their cancelled prom expenses.
“I saw that prom was cancelled, and I wondered if there was a way I could raise money for the boxed lunches using the canceled prom night as an event.” said Batson, “I looked up how to start a website to collect donations and came up with the idea that a person could donate ten dollars, like they were buying a ticket to prom, and then have an excuse to dress up at their homes.”
Batson posted a video on Facebook dressed up and enjoying “Prom” dinner at her home to promote #HungerPROMise2020 to her peers. The money donated to Batson’s GoFundMe link stays local.
“At first we considered giving the money to CAPCA, but I wanted to give the money directly to the CPSD box lunch program. I had one of the [school] board directors agree to accept the money on the behalf of Conway Schools,” she said.
So far, her fundraiser has brought in $1,815, just shy of her $2,000 goal. Batson has kept the fundraiser going longer than anticipated to allow additional donors. She will write a check to the CPSD after raising $2,000 and reassess the needs of the district.
“I’m planning on checking in with one of the directors again and asking if they still need money or if donations of supplies would be more helpful. Then I will consider reinstating the GoFundMe account or starting another campaign for supplies,” she said.
Batson said there are more ways to help Conway during this pandemic than donating to her campaign.
“I just want people to know there are plenty of different ways to help. You can’t volunteer for Conway’s box lunch program if you are under 18,” said Batson, “but you can go to the food banks at CAPCA and help organize items. You can always donate to the local blood banks.”
Batson is currently a varsity athlete who plays golf and soccer at Conway High, as well as a member of volunteer organizations such as Mentors Empowered and Caring Cats. She also models for Sculp Agency and enjoys acting in local films.
“[Since] I’ve been a part of all these nonprofits, I’ve learned how to advertise and get support for fundraisers. That’s what gave me the skills to set up my food drive campaign to help Conway students,” she said.
Members of the community can donate to Batson’s link at https://www.gofundme.com/f/food-donations-to-conway-school-kids?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet to provide meals to students in the Conway Public School District.
CLC Hosts Battle of the Talents
Chancellor’s Leadership Corps put on their ninth annual Reach 13k Battle of the Talents showcase on Nov. 14 at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
The purpose of the show was to raise 13000 items for the food pantry. Caleb Cache kicked off the show singing Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” He was followed by Dako, who performed magic and shocked the audience when his tricks were unveiled. Lauren Black sang, succeeded by a sign language song performance by Alanis Bradley. Next was a group song performance by Joshua Gregory, Camerone Bone, and Danyelle, and an individual song by Favi Alba. Kammi Shae Ward closed the show with spoken word. Between performances, emcees Emma Guerra and Shane Johnson engaged with the judges and the audience to keep everyone entertained.
This aspect of the show was Charlee McCall’s favorite part.
The audience interaction was lit,” she said.
One member of the audience was so enthusiastic that organizers were inspired to create a new award, Most Hyped Audience Member, during the event to be presented at the end specifically to Makira Hines, who received $20.
In the end, Cache was named the winner by judges Katie Zakrzewski, Amanda Dreyer, and Brittany Fugate. Cache, the recipient of a $50 prize said.
“Winning felt amazing,” he said. “Honestly I didn’t do it for the money, I did it for my singing and hopefully someone’s day was made better by my singing.”
Event organizer Becca Davis was proud of her event’s success.
“This is my sixth year participating and being a part of Battle of the Talent’s creation and I’m so excited because every year, the acts get better and better,” she said.
Here are a couple photos to showcase some of my photography. I took 27 of my peer’s senior photos in high school, and have done family photos and even a dog’s first birthday!
I am classified as a sophomore at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. I am majoring in Journalism and minoring in Marketing, and hoping to graduate a semester early, in December 2023. My dream job would be working for Arkansas Bride or another larger Arkansas magazine.
I chose UA Little Rock because I knew Little Rock would be able to offer me many unique opportunities to get involved in the community. I’m from Conway, where we have three colleges, but I knew I would thrive more in Little Rock with so many media companies housed out of the city. I’m so glad I chose this school because the professors in the School of Mass Communication are amazing and so helpful to students. The school really feels like a little family, and I admire how everyone works together and you are really able to get to know your peers through stimulating class discussions and projects.
On campus, I am an Orientation Leader for the Summer of 2020. This is interesting because now that orientations are online, we are being more creative in how to reach out to incoming students. I look forward to creating videos, hosting Instagram or Facebook lives, helping with virtual campus tours, and even hosting Instagram takeovers one day at a time. I’m learning a lot about campus and how to help others, and having fun simultaneously.
I have also contributed to the Forum and the LRAngle, which are student publications here on campus, which you can view under the Works page. I hope to have a lot more time next Fall to take photos and even write stories for these publications, because this past year has been so busy! I miss picking up my camera as much as I did in high school.