*Let’s face it: Reality shows have taken over the entire TV universe. We continue to be inundated with Kirstie Alley’s latest attempts at weight loss. Do we really care who “The Real House-wife” is or WHAT state she lives in? C’mon, how “Amazing” can one race be. Look, its simple: Either you can Dance or you can’t, what does it matter if YOU think so or not?
Alas, NBC is giving us something we can work with. “School Pride” a new 2-hour special this Fall, shows reality TV can actually do something, well, necessary. Like help inspire students, teachers and an entire community by giving public schools an extreme makeover.
Now, THIS is what we’re talking about!
In January 2010, NBC announced via press release that they wanted to “empower communities to renovate their aging and broken public schools – while inspiring students, parents and teachers to rediscover a sense of pride” via a proactive, alternative project. “School Pride” – which was motivated by the success of a similar project at a Compton elementary school, is the result of that goal.
The renovation of Enterprise Middle School will begin on Monday, April 5th. It will include improvements on the school’s computer lab, a new gym floor, new track & field facilities, science labs, renovation of the auditorium, new student desks and chairs, and much more.
“The success of a school transformation doesn’t just help one family or one group of students,” says Denise Cramsey, one of the shows executive producers. “It helps multiple families, and helps them for generations to come. The transformation will help teachers achieve greater success in the classrooms, raise property values and give the community a reason to be proud of their schools again.”
Cramsey, also an executive producer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is joined by executive producer Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).
No doubt, such a gargantuan effort can only be realized with the help on an entire community. The producers have collaborated with the Compton Initiative, who has reached out to Compton community residents, groups and businesses to solicit volunteers to sign up via the website www.justdogood.org or by phone call to Pastor Larry Dove at 562-272-4996. More information is available at this number as well. The school is located at 2600 W. Compton Blvd. Compton, CA. 90220
No school officials were available to contribute to this story at press time.
DeBorah B. Pryor works as a freelance journalist and is the president of The Art of Communication. Her seminar, “Public Speaking for the Private Person” is now available on CD. For more information, visit her website at www.dpryorpresents.com.