Friday, November 11, 2011
"Joplin might seem so far away any other day but seeing that destruction and seeing the totality of it, made it come really close," said Mike Abasolo, journalism teacher at Mulvane High School.
Students from Mulvane High School learned a few lessons about television and humanity on Oct. 22 and 23. They saw more than 10,000 volunteers help build seven homes in seven days for victims of the Joplin tornado.
"It was just really humbling hearing all the stories from the families and why they got the houses built for them. It was really a fun experience," said Olyvia Bish, student.
Five journalism students got to work behind the scenes on the hit show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" in Joplin. The students filmed the crew, who were filming the show.
"It's not every day that high school students in Mulvane, America get to interview people that we see on TV on a weekly basis. That's a huge thing for these kids, an opportunity for these kids to do," said Abasolo.
The students got an opportunity to interview some of the show's celebrities and witnessed the chaos of building multiple homes in a week.
"It was just awesome being able to be behind the scenes on an awesome show. You don't really see all the stuff that goes on. There's so much other stuff that everybody misses out on," said Tyler Rickstrew, student.
The journalism class even got to test out the thousands of dollars in equipment.
"You wouldn't have known these kids [were] any different from the crew that were there, paid for, because our kids really kind of jumped in. They were bright eyed and bushy tailed in the beginning. Then a few hours later, these kids were walking around like pros and doing interviews," said Abasolo.
It's an experience these high school students say they will never forget.
"I do hope that there's a little bit to inspire some of these kids and if I'm not able to do it, maybe the experience can," said Abasolo.
The episode will air in January and the students are eager to see the final product.