Grants fund computers, cameras for yearbook

Bexleo‘s student staff have new high-capacity work stations and three new specialty cameras to aid in production of the yearbook, thanks to a pair of BEF grants awarded in spring and fall of 2016.

A $5,642 grant awarded last spring covered the cost of five new computer work stations where students can edit photos and work on layouts; the school district purchased an additional six stations for a total of eleven work stations.

“Students love the new machines because they’re very fast,” said yearbook advisor and high school librarian Mike Nolan. “They make editing easy and quick. Importing and exporting images also occurs much, much faster.” Bexleo staff use the computers, which have been installed in the Bexleo office adjacent to the BHS library, during seventh period; the rest of the school day they are available for all students to use.

In addition, a $5,000 BEF grant awarded in the fall of 2016 provided for the purchase of two new Canon 5D Mark IV SLR cameras, 30-megapixel, portrait-quality instruments similar to those used by wedding photographers, as well as a Sony RX10 III  camera, which is portable and silent so that yearbook photographers can shoot at performing arts events without causing interruptions.

Anyone in the community can access the high-quality photos taken by Bexleo photographers. Especially during sporting events, yearbook photographers take many more photos than can be included in the yearbook, and all are posted on the Bexleo website, where students and parents can download them free of charge. Check out the website here.

Bexleo staff positions are highly sought-after, said Nolan, pointing out that 43 students applied for 15 spots for the 2017-18 school year.