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$2,500 Johns Creek Foundation grant puts Autrey Mill MS on air
Grant upgrades school’s morning news programming

March 20, 2013

The Johns Creek Foundation presents a $2,500 check to Autrey Mill Middle School children and staff for the school’s video journalism program. From left are JC Chamberr of Commerce President John Bemont, Tim Jennette, drama teacher Amy Creamer, Brandon Ben-Hanania, Wayne Carrel, Zahra Kothia, Kaela Danzig, Wendi Bock and AMMS Principal Jimmy Zoll.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a $2,500 grant application to Autrey Mill Middle School that could spark the next Walter Cronkite.

The video journalism program offered at Autrey Mill Middle School is a popular one and a class that gets lots of requests by students.

Program founder Amy Creamer, Autrey Mill Middle School drama teacher who had taken over the morning news show, found she needed more and newer equipment.

With the help of Jamie Chuven, video broadcast journalism teacher at Johns Creek High School, Creamer learned simple journalism and broadcasting techniques, and found that the students embraced the program, the technology and equipment operation.

Now morning broadcasts are led by students who are deeply involved and prepare videos for the broadcast. But the increasing evolution of technology has brought the need for newer equipment.

This is where the Johns Creek Foundation was able to step in. This grant will assist in the purchase of computers, camcorders and the various components to continue these daily broadcasts and allow the students to continue their journalism aspirations.

"Autrey Mill Middle School is extremely grateful to the Johns Creek Foundation for enabling its fledgling video journalism department to grow through its generous donation to the school," said Creamer.

These funds will be spent on new technology including Apple computers, HD video cameras and microphones. With the equipment, the students will be able to create videos, PSAs and other media for their school community.

The Johns Creek Foundation's mission is to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek by encouraging and directing financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cultural growth, and strengthen the community's unique identity and spirit.

By raising funds from individuals and businesses and granting them into the community, the foundation serves as a rallying point for "giving back" in Johns Creek.

In its first six years, the foundation has poured more than $100,000 into the community through programs as varied as the summer arts camp at Johns Creek Arts Center to the Ceremony of HOPE at the Johns Creek Relay for Life. For information, visit the beneficiaries' page at JohnsCreekFoundation.org