To our Young ViewersMarch 1st, 2013 at 8:04 pm by Lauren Compton under Personalities, Uncategorized
These past four months have gone by really fast. From Hurricane Sandy to Election Day and surviving the holidays it’s been quite an adventure working here at WAVY.
The first few weeks were a whirlwind of meeting new people, getting used to a new way of doing things,and re-learning Hampton Roads. I am finally feel like I’m getting the hang of things here at WAVY. One of best things about my first few months here at WAVY is the opportunities I’ve had to connect with our young viewers.
I talk to you all on television five days a week, but I was a little nervous about reading to a group of rowdy second-graders. I tried to give the most animated reading of a book called ‘Enemny Pie’ as I could. The book was a great read and had an even better message about treating others the way you want to be treated. I guess I did well, because the kids asked me to come back and we all vowed to be pen pals throughout the school year. I just received my first package of letters last week. The letters were so great to read. It amazes me the creativity, and insight these kids have. I’m still in process of reading them, and I can’t wait to send back my responses.
I am also slated to host a ‘Girls Empowerment’ summit at Ocean Lakes High School. As a product of Virginia Beach Public Schools I jumped at the chance to meet with the girls. The theme is “Be Smart, Be Bold, Be Kind, Be the Change….” I’m very much looking forward to the summit this weekend.
If I could I would do more meet and greets, and speeches like this. It seems small but I can tell in the faces of those kids at Southwestern that it means so much. A lot of anchors and reporters here take time to volunteers and read to students in the community. And, in a huge way I think it shows kids a wider range of possibilities. It shows them they too can be an anchor, sportscaster, a meteorologist, or a reporter if they wanted to. I know because when I was a kid an anchor from a television station visited my class in high school. And I remember being so captivated by his speech.
I walked away feeling inspired, and hopeful that I could reach my dreams if I worked hard enough. I want to give that feeling to other kids. They may not want to be in television, but I want them to know they can be whatever they dream if they work hard.