May 18, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
(Editor's note: the following story relates to the drama project story).
by Autumn Biggins
OK, so we didn't really go to Hollywood, but we came close. On May 1st and 2nd, a group of Seeley-Swan High School students left Seeley Lake to go to Missoula's MCAT studio. We spent one day learning how to use the technical equipment and spent the next day filming the program we'd been working on since October of 1999.
Feather Sherman obtained a grant from the Rural Domestic Violence Foundation with help from the Missoula County Office of Planning and Grants. She then recruited several girls from the high school to participate in the program.
The group learned about peer facilitation and the dangers of domestic and sexual abuse. The group then came up with the idea of showing the differences between good and bad dating relationships on a game show type setting. The girls used the knowledge gained in this program to educate the Seeley Lake Elementary junior high school students in a panel discussion on March 6th. They then took their game show, "The Dating Wheel of Fortune or Misfortune" to the grade school on March 20th.
The next logical step was to make an educational video. Feather talked to the people at MCAT, and that's how we wound up coming this close to Hollywood. The video will be edited on May 22nd, and will be distributed to several schools next fall.
It was a positive experience and everyone got a lot out of it. Hopefully, a program like this will be available in the years to come.