9/20/11 TV show shines spotlight on Smith Elementary students

TV show shines spotlight on Smith Elementary students

Smith Elementary fifth-grader Sarah Oakley is interviewed by freelancer Scott Finley for the “Biz Kid$” television show regarding her idea for Smith Elementary to hold a car wrap design contest for the students at the school. Oakley’s father, David, is the commercial account manager for The Decal Source, which sponsored the event after hearing his daughter’s idea.

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   Smith Elementary fifth-grader Sarah Oakley is interviewed by freelancer Scott Finley for the “Biz Kid$” television show regarding her idea for Smith Elementary to hold a car wrap design contest for the students at the school. Oakley’s father, David, is the commercial account manager for The Decal Source, which sponsored the event after hearing his daughter’s idea.

THAT’S A WRAP!
School’s design contest to be featured on ‘Biz Kid$’
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 9/20/11     
Reprinted with permission.

   Smith Elementary School in Burlington is getting a shot at national publicity, thanks to the TV show “Biz Kid$.” 

   A video cameraman was at Smith on Monday morning filming interviews with students about a contest held earlier this year. Students at Smith submitted designs in the hope theirs would be chosen as a decorative “wrap” for The Decal Source’s company car they had seen at their school.

   David Oakley, a manager with the company, got a lot of attention when dropping his two children off at Smith in the car. His daughter, Sarah, suggested letting a Smith student design the car’s next look.

   Shown throughout the country, “Biz Kid$’s” motto is “Where Kids Teach Kids about Business.” The show became interested in the contest and its results as a way of teaching young people about advertising and how it is changing.

   The winner of the contest was Mary Boyd, then a first-grade student at Smith. Her flower design was titled “Let’s Grow.” She and her family have since moved to Florida.

   Her design was chosen from among 12 finalists. Carley Williams and Edward Riera, both fifth-grade students at Smith, were among students whose designs made it to the competition’s final stages.

   On Monday, Williams was filmed re-creating her design, featuring peace symbols to promote worldwide peace, for the “Biz Kid$” segment.

   She described herself as nervous while being filmed.

   “I was afraid I would mess up,” she said.

   Riera had two designs among the final group — one with soccer balls and one with guitars.

   “I like this one better,” he said about the guitar design, pointing to the flames he included along with the instruments. Riera wants to be in a band.

   Both students said they were motivated by the idea of seeing their design on a car. Besides the novelty of that, said Smith art teacher Connie Vickers, the competition showed students that art has practical applications.

   It also taught students dreaming big can pay off, she said: “This all started with one little girl’s idea.”

   As Williams and Riera talked about their designs in Vickers’ classroom, Sarah Oakley was being interviewed on camera about her idea that resulted in the contest.

   Later in the day, David Oakley said, filming was to occur at The Decal Source.

   He was told the show featuring Smith Elementary will air in January.