Monache sophomores in the Multimedia and Technology Academy pathway interviewed and filmed businesses on Main Street, and Hockett St., on Wednesday, April 10, producing “A Day in the Life” marketing videos for potential business use according to Mimi Schuler, PUSD Student Pathways, Work-based Learning Coordinator.

Students filmed and interviewed representatives from each business and agency in the commercial making competition. Each business will have three different commercials to choose from said Schuler. Participating local businesses include Zero Nox, Parks and Leisure maintenance crews at the Zalud House, Porterville Public Library, Porterville Fire Department, Porterville Art Association and Stafford’s Chocolates.

At Zero Nox, students interviewed and filmed Vonn Christenson, chief executive officer founder and entrepreneur who developed the patent for a zero-emissions forklift. The business motto is ‘Innovation and power Without Emissions.’ After the interviews and filming, Christenson commended students on a job well done.

“They were engaged and they showed a genuine interest in me and my business,” said Christenson. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the green energy movement.” 

Also interviewed were Kevin Kennedy and Alvaro Espinoza, Parks and Leisure maintenance workers who take care of the beautiful garden at the 128-year-old historic Zalud House. After the interview they filmed the two men doing day-to-day maintenance work like mowing and trimming the in the elegant garden for “A Day in the Life of the Zalud House.”  

Students Autumn Villareal,16, and Nathan Luci, 15, interviewed and filmed Library Assistant Sandi Farnsworth at the Porterville Public Library with other students.  

“Sandi Farnsworth is very passionate about her job. She helps the summer programs with the kids. People at the library wear many hats,” said Villareal. “They take on multiple roles at the library, so everyone works to make the library a better place. People should come check out the library if they haven’t done so. It’s more than four walls with books. It’s a place of learning.”

Farnsworth said she had fun during the interview, and is hopeful that word gets out through the project about the library’s many programs and features. 

“I hope that I enlightened people on what the library does for the community and how we make a difference,” said Farnsworth. “I think it was a good opportunity for us to let other generations know that we are more than just books. The library is now multimedia savvy. We have films, E-books and books on CD, plus all the great programming like the summer reading program, summer lunch program and storytime. It’s never boring around here.”

Firefighter Larry Segovia, who is an arson investigator, was also interviewed. He demonstrated the smoke machine at Porterville Fire Department to the students and told them about his daily routine at the department. 

He also took the time to talk to the students about their goals and aspirations.  

“I told the students about what type of education is required to become a firefighter, and the benefits and hazards of the profession,” said Segovia. “I also told them that just because I’m a firefighter doesn’t limit me from seeking other interests and other things I want to do with my life. I have my own farm, and it’s very important to me that we grow our own food. It’s very important that you do what is important to you.”

At the Porterville Art Association, students sat and interviewed PAA Founder Peggy Woods and Linda Hinojosa, who is in charge of gallery’s public relations, hospitality and much more. 

Woods was particularly struck by the professionalism of the students during the interview.

“Girls from the different teams asked me questions, and they were not shy or reticient. They were poised, and that put me at ease. That’s an adult behavior. 

Woods said students also let her ask questions so she could be sure she was doing what they needed, and that they were enthusiastic about Monache’s MTA program. They looked at all the art in the gallery and were impressed. 

Woods loved it when students asked why art is so important.

“I said, ‘Art raises us to a higher level of thinking and emotional experience,” added Woods. “I also made the girls promise to bring their parents, siblings, and friends to the art association. They were just wonderful.” 

Woods said the kids took pictures of all the art and they talked and filmed Janette Brewer, Hinojosa, and Jo Nell Mauck painting. Brewer said, “I did a painting demonstration for them while they took pictures and explained they symbolism of my elephant painting.”

“I truly enjoyed telling the students about what happens at the gallery in a day,” said Linda Hinojosa. “The project is a great way for them to learn. I am happy to be a part of a Day In A Life Project.”

At Stafford’s Chocolates students interviewed Christine Moore, store general manager.  

“They did a great job,” she said. “They were very excited to be here and conducted themselves very professionally. There were nine students and they asked good questions. I especially liked the question ‘What does Stafford’s want people to feel when they walk into the store?’ We always have fun getting to know the kids, and they always want to work here.”

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