Transcript: Kid Print | Dec 01, 2002

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A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”

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A clip on screen shows the main facade of a public school. Inside, three girls discuss where to hang a series of paperboards that read “A writer’s recipe!”

Next, a series of kids enter the room and sit to work in groups.

A slate introduces Clara, 16 years old, who volunteers for Kid Print. She has short straight black hair in a bob and wears glasses, and a striped blue T-shirt under a striped black, white and grey hoodie.

Clara introduces her two colleagues. Katie has long straight brown hair in a ponytail and wears blue jeans, a darker blue turtleneck, and glasses. Emma has short brown hair in a bob and wears a grey blouse and black trousers.

Clara says
OKAY, GUYS, I'M JUST GOING
TO INTRODUCE MY TWO FRIENDS.
TO BEGIN WITH, THIS IS
KATIE AND THIS IS EMMA.
SOME OF YOU MIGHT KNOW THEM
AS YOUR KID PRINT EDITORS
THEY JUST CAME IN TODAY TO
HELP ME WITH THE WORKSHOP.

As she speaks, Emma and Katie give away one paper to each kid.

Clara continues
KID PRINT IS A PROGRAM THAT,
I SUPPOSE IN THE WORDS
OF DENUSHA WHEN SHE
SAID, SHE CALLED IT
A PROGRAM FOR TALENTED WRITERS
WHO DON'T HAVE A CHANCE
FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO HEAR
THEIR VOICES SO OFTEN.
AND I GUESS THAT'S
WHAT IT IS.
IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS TO
GET FEEDBACK ON THEIR WRITING
TO VOICE THEIR IDEAS AND TO
MEET LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS
AND JUST HAVE FUN.

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Clara says
I VOLUNTEER FOR
KID PRINT BECAUSE,
WHILE I LOVE THE KIDS AND
THINK IT'S A WORTHY CAUSE,
AND I REALLY ENJOY DOING
IT, SO I DON'T SEE WHY NOT.

New clips show the Clara and her colleagues playing games in the classroom.

A little girl reads the text in the paper.

She says
NUMBER 1, THE
NEED TO BE LOVED.

Clara says
RIGHT, WE ALL
NEED TO BE LOVED,
WE ALL NEED TO BELONG.
I KNOW IT SOUNDS
MUSHY BUT IT'S TRUE.
AND WE ALL WANT TO FIND
A PLACE WHERE WE BELONG,
SO THAT'S THE FIRST
KIND OF STORY.
IT'S PART OF MY OWN
INSPIRATION TO START
THE PROGRAM CAME FROM
MY OWN EXPERIENCE,
MY OWN DESIRE TO HAVE OTHER
PEOPLE LOOK AT MY STORIES AND
SEE MY WRITING IN PRINT,
AND THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA:
THE KID PRINT IDEA.
WHEN YOU FINISH
READING A GOOD BOOK,
YOU CLOSE IT AND GO -
AHHHH - A GOOD STORY.
AND I WANT EACH OF YOUR
STORIES TO BE LIKE THAT TOO.
SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
GOING TO HELP YOU DO.

Clara, Katie and Emma invite two little girls to participate during an exercise.

Clara says
FOR TODAY'S WORKSHOP IT
WAS A LITTLE SPECIAL
BECAUSE I BROUGHT IN MY
FRIENDS EMMA AND KATIE
WHO ARE NORMALLY JUST
KID PRINT EDITORS,
BUT TODAY, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T
SEE THE KIDS FOR A WHILE,
WE HAD A SORT OF DELUXE
WORKSHOP IN WHICH WE REVIEWED
THE DIFFERENT PARTS
OF THE STORY,
GOT THE KIDS BRAINSTORMING
FOR THEIR OWN STORIES.
AND THEN WE DID SOME
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
TO HELP THEM GET THE
CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING
FOR THEIR NEW STORY.

A series of clips share the testimonies of a few of the students.

Female Student 1 says
I LIKE KID PRINT
BECAUSE IT MAKES ME
IMPROVE MY WRITING AND
MAYBE I'LL PUBLISH A BOOK
AND I LIKE WRITING
VERY MUCH.

Female Student 2 says
I LIKE CLARA
BECAUSE SHE'S NICE.
SHE'S NOT ONE OF THE
TEACHERS WHO WOULD SAY,
DID YOU ASK ME
DO TO THIS?
DID YOU ASK ME
TO DO THAT?
SHE LETS US
MAKE MISTAKES.
SHE LETS UP FLOW WITH
WHAT WE LIKE TO DO.
AND SHE'S VERY HAPPY AND
SHE'S LIKE ONE OF US,
LIKE A LITTLE KID TO US.

Clara says
I LOVE THE KIDS.
AND THE KIDS AND THEIR
ENERGY AND THEIR IDEAS.
THEY NEVER CEASE
TO AMAZE ME.
THAT'S THE WHOLE REASON
WHY I DO THE PROGRAM.
I LOVE SEEING THE KIDS,
I LOVE THEIR ENERGY,
I LOVE THEIR STORIES.
I LOVE CORRESPONDING WITH
AND THEY'LL SEND ME
LITTLE GIFTS SOMETIMES AND
IT'S JUST SO MUCH FUN.

As she speaks, new images show the kid’s work and the teachers preparing the material for yet a new lesson.

Clara instructs Katie and Emma.

She says
HAVE A SEAT.
WE'RE GOING TO SIFT THROUGH
THEM TODAY AND DIVIDE THEM UP.
WE'LL EACH WRITE
LETTERS BACK TO THEM
AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON.
I THINK A QUOTE THAT DESCRIBES
WHAT I WANT THE KIDS
TO TAKE AWAY FROM KID PRINT
AND THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE
IS A QUOTE FROM
PAUL DARCY BOLES:
“WRITING IS A FORM
OF IMMORTALITY.”
NOT ONLY IS WRITING A WAY FOR
THE KIDS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES,
REALLY HONE THOSE SKILLS
THAT WILL HELP THEM SO MUCH
IN THE FUTURE, BUT IT
REALLY IS A WAY TO LEAVE
YOUR MARK BEHIND, EXPRESS
YOUR VIEW IN THE WORLD,
WHAT YOU THINK THE
WORLD SHOULD BE
IT'S JUST A REALLY IMPORTANT
TOOL FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE.

Back in the classroom Clara smiles.

She says
I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW.
I'VE INFLUENCED
SOMEONE'S LIFE.
WHILE I'VE LEARNED FROM THE
KIDS TO KEEP IMAGINING,
THAT SENSE OF IMAGINATION
AND CREATIVITY
I NEVER WANT TO LOSE.
AND IT COLOURS YOUR LIFE
WITH A GREAT SENSE OF FUN.
SO THAT'S SOMETHING ELSE I
WANT TO GET FROM THE KIDS.
AND I ALWAYS THINK THAT
PEOPLE ARE KIDS AT HEART,
AND THAT'S THE BEST
WAY TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.

Next, the kids run to the teachers to hug them.

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The end credits roll.
A production of TVOntario.
The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

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