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Past meets future: Community alumni produce DVD

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jason Barber, center, has become a familiar face to the students of Community High School, as he has worked to capture the school year on video. The school's alumni association will begin accepting orders today for a DVD of student life and events at the school -- like last week's mock crash.
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The 2011-12 school year may be the best-documented in Community High School's history, according to Keith Williams, assistant principal.

The school's alumni association has been preparing a year-long video project to document student life and events.

Jason Barber (Community class of '89), a videography hobbyist, has been pivotal in developing the project, recording hours of events and editing the year together in what will be an hour and a half-long movie.

Excitement builds

"We're excited about it," said Williams. "Mr. Barber has worked really, really hard, and I think it's become a passionate project for him."

Today the school kicked off pre-sales of the DVD, accepting tax-deductible donations of $20.

"This is not intended to -- nor will it -- replace the students' yearbook," said Homer Gray, president of the Community School Alumni Association, a registered non-profit.

"It's just something neat for the kids to keep," said Barber.

Full year

Filming will take place through the school's cap and gown ceremony, and the final DVDs will be available by the time school lets out for the summer.

A portable disk drive containing all the raw footage from the school year will be donated to the school for its archives. Students and parents may also purchase the B-roll, at a cost of $100.

It's the first year for the project, and one the alumni association hopes will continue.

Building a legacy

The group has been meeting since the mid-1950s, and formalized as a non-profit group last year. Each year the alumnus fund three scholarships as well as complete a needed project at one of Unionville's three schools.

"For instance, in this last year we gave money to the middle school to repair the sound system in the auditorium and to buy library books with whatever was left," Gray, a 1962 graduate, said.

Giving back

"We've done things like the murals that are on the walls here, one year we purchased band uniforms for the middle school. It all goes back to the schools."

The association is, "... the foundation of the school, it's amazing," said Williams, whose mother is a Community graduate.

"You go to the meeting every year and there are people there who are active from the 1950s and '60s -- people would come [who graduated] in the 1930s and '40s. It sort of lets you know that you are part of something bigger."

Learn more

For more information about the DVD project or the alumni association, call the school at (931) 685-1418 or visit Facebook at Community High School Alumni and Students.