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C-SPAN bus offers resources to students

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students at Huntington High School were ready to put the national news to good use Wednesday afternoon during a visit from the C-SPAN Interactive Multimedia Presentation Center.

Tours of the center were open to students in civics and social studies classes, who reviewed some current events and the general function of the government while reviewing the learning resources offered by C-SPAN said Lauren Werthammer, an assistant principal at Huntington High School.

The center travels throughout the country to to promote C-SPAN's resources and public access to the political process, and Werthammer said the experience was distinctive for students.

"Of course, history is a love of many," Werthammer said. "It's not just about the history aspect, what they learn and testing the knowledge from their 12 or 13 years of schooling, but maybe it's more about how to interact with others when they go out into the world."

Students had access to the center's interactive studio, touch-screen computers and informational kiosks through which they could visit the C-SPAN website or test their knowledge of current events and governmental trivia, said Chellie Zou, a marketing representative for C-SPAN.

"We hope we can raise awareness about what we have to offer," Zou said. "We have so many resources. We bring the bus out of D.C., so students can see what is happening in D.C."

The bus has traveled to all 50 states, and it currently is engaged in a tour of states that are part of the Big 12 Conference, which includes West Virginia University.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said he has seen the bus several times while traveling throughout the country, and he was glad to finally take a tour of the bus and interact with students.

"I don't know which was more fun -- visiting the bus or talking with the students," Williams said. "When they talked about where they get their news, they were able to see the different aspects of how they look at government. I think this exposes them to an unbiased, neutral source of news."

Sophomore Christina Pendell toured the bus with her social studies class, and she was impressed by what she saw.

"I think it's cool it came to Huntington High School," Pendell said. "I got to see and learn about a lot of things. I learned if I need to figure out something for history class or another class that it is a good source, and I'll be able to access it."

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