Headline News Anchor Robin Meade may not have been in attendance Thursday at the Bryan County Board of Education meeting, but CNN was.
That’s the Carver News Network, an aspiring group of young journalists who broadcast a welcome to BoE members, led the pledge of allegiance and gave not only a weather forecast but also explained their job of bringing school news to their classmates at Carver Elementary.
The production got rave reviews from the school board.
"I enjoyed it," said longtime BoE member Mary Warnell. "I thought it was excellent."
Warnell also reminded BoE members of Brooke Anderson, the Cable News Network entertainment reporter who hails from nearby Claxton.
"Who knows, there may be another real CNN correspondent on the rise here," she said.
In the meantime, Carver’s version of CNN has been a long-running hit at the school -- where it keeps students, faculty and staff informed.
"Carver News Network has broadcast live daily since Carver Elementary opened the first full school year in Fall 2001," said Carver Principal Crystal Morales. "CNN broadcasts daily news, weather, lunch menu and information students and teachers need on a daily basis."
Also included in the mix are the pledge of allegiance, a school pledge to learning and a moment of silence.
Morales said the on air talent gets some coaching in delivery and on air presence from teachers, but it’s a student production. The technical crew does everything from operating the cameras and teleprompter to typing the news the newscasters read.
"The Carver News Network practices every morning before each broadcast," Morales said. "I am very proud of the progress they have made and their commitment to doing an excellent job everyday."