A Christmas Video Message from St. John's, Kenmore
A very special Christmas Video Greeting was created by St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. In lieu of a traditional Christmas card, the school embraced the ambitious idea of creating a video greeting in which the students and faculty would deliver their holiday message. "We wanted to reach out to our parishioners, alums, families, and benefactors in a very special way," explains Principal Cynthia Jacobs. "Each year we send them a Christmas message, but we wanted to do something that would stand out...and we embraced the idea of using the digital world to communicate our wishes!"
Ultimately, the school produced a fifty-two second greeting that contains sixteen scenes, which feature students from their Pre-Kindergarten three-year-old program through 8th grade, as well as Pastor Rev. Michael Parker, Principal Jacobs, and the faculty and staff. "The logistics were tedious," continues Jacobs, "but it was well-organized by our team and went off without a hitch! The producer, Ben Richey, really captured the desired message!" The school very much wanted to feature all students in the video, which was quite a challenging goal from a time standpoint. To achieve this, a drone was ultimately used enabling them to film the entire student body at the main entrance of the school on Englewood. "The students knew about the video shoot, but the drone was a surprise—and the looks on their faces were priceless!"