WATCH: Gowanda middle schoolers showcase safe pandemic practices


GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A group of fifth-graders, and a seventh grader at Gowanda Middle School created winning videos for the school district’s Healthy School Campaign contest.

The goal of the project was to use technology to represent the following slogans:

  • Wearing Is Caring
  • Six Feet Is Safe
  • Air Hugs & Elbow Shakes
  • Carry It & Keep It
  • Sanitize Saves Lives

Middle School Principal Todd Miklas says students in grades five through eight were given the opportunity to participate. The video above was created by seventh-grader Isabelle Graham.

This video was created by a group of fifth graders:

“The fifth-grade cheer pack in this short video includes: Zoe Bartlett, Envy Cross, Adriana Fish, Leah Hilliker, Ainsley Horth, Tauni Ondus, Kaela VanNote, Karlah-Jane Walker,” Miklas says. “That’s seventh-grader Darcy Kennedy in a cameo as the Gowanda Panther and the girls’ coach is Heather Horth.”

Miklas says the students who made the videos won gift certificates to a local pizzeria for “a socially distanced celebration.”

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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