EHS teachers take part in national broadcast of XQ Super Schools

Published 10:17 am Monday, September 11, 2017

Betsy Pride was in full abundance Friday on the West Coast.

Elizabethton High School teachers Dustin Hensley and Alex Campbell were in Los Angeles to take part in the XQ Super School Live television taping. The local high school is among 17 other XQ Super School Projects that received awards for their work in “rethinking” the typical high school experience.

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Broadcasted on multiple television channels Friday night, the show featured different well-known actors and musicians, including Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Common and others.

Before the showing, representatives from each school were able to mingle and learn about different approaches being taken across the state, according to Hensley. Elizabethton is in the pilot year of the Bartleby Project – two classes which are geared to engage students in bettering the community and working at entrepreneurship.

“We all have a common goal,” Hensley said Friday. “It’s been a great experience is talking with the other schools and learning about what they’re doing. Some schools have already started their projects while others are preparing for the next school year.”

Momentum has been increasing over the months, but Hensley added Friday’s event is the perfect springboard to let people know what’s happening in Elizabethton.

“I think it’s great for the program,” Hensley said. “We’re able to get the word out about what our students have been able to accomplish and what they’ll be working on in the coming months.”

Multiple students are already taking part in the Community Improvement class and leading different projects within the city and county to help.

While Friday saw the broadcast go live, community members are invited to a special showing of the show on Monday, Sept. 11, at T.A. Dugger’s auditorium. From 7 to 9 p.m., residents are invited to watch the broadcast and learn more about what the students are doing within the community.

“We encourage everyone to come out,” Hensley said. “It is the perfect opportunity to learn about what our students are doing and what our plans are for the future.”

Stay up to date with the Bartleby Project by visiting the Elizabethton City SChools Facebook page online.