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NNPS-TV covers creative promotion ceremonies

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NNPS-TV Producer Nik Long shoots video as teachers offer cupcakes to Riverside Elementary students moving up to sixth grade.
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For a student moving from kindergarten to first grade, a fifth-grader heading to middle school, or an eighth-grader moving up to high school, the end of the school year is a huge milestone, one usually celebrated with a promotion ceremony.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, NNPS schools have had to get creative about how to celebrate their students and the accomplishments they have achieved.

The dedication of the administration and staff of the elementary and middle schools was clear to see when NNPS-TV Producer Nik Long reviewed the list of "Drive-Thru' Promotion" shoots he was to cover.

He went to shoots at Jenkins, Newsome Park and Riverside elementaries; Discovery STEM Academy’s 5th grade promotion; and Hines Middle School's 8th Grade promotion. An additional event at Sedgefield Elementary was canceled for weather.

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Long gets footage at Riverside Elementary during their "Honk and Wave."

Production Specialist Aaron Moore covered Jenkins Elementary's kindergarten promotion parade and Sedgefield's as well.

The footage is used for the weekly news show, "This Just In," which airs on NNPS-TV (Cox Channel 47 or Verizon Fios Channel 17, Roku or Apple TV, online at nnpstv.com) every day at 6 and 8 a.m., noon, and 3 and 6 p.m. A new episode begins airing every Monday.

Moore did the editing for the shows, too, which is no small feat considering the various footage available and keeping track of the different events.

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Production Specialist Aaron Moore uses a small camcorder for a change at the Jenkins Elementary kindergarten promotion parade.

Students stayed in their vehicles with their families, while enthusiastic teachers and administrators cheered and congratulated them.

The school teams had signs, balloons, pom poms, music, gifts and awards to make the event special for the students.

Families come in scheduled intervals to keep it from becoming congested.

NNPS-TV videographers captured footage of the teachers, students, cars - some of which were decorated with balloons and messages - and the entire scene.

The student honorees seemed to love the festivities and were happy to see their beloved teachers celebrating the milestone with them.

Watch the shows

Jenkins and Sedgefield Kindergarten Promotions

5th Grade Promotion Parades

Hines 8th Grade Drive-Thru Promotion

"This Just In" playlist