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Summer Film Program Continues with Help from the Community

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Just last week these 6th graders were singing a different tune after  their video equipment was stolen from Commonwealth Academy. Kimberlee Navarro said it made her feel “Really, really sad because we couldn’t do more movies”.

The incident threw a wrench into their summer film program. “We lost thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Our projector, our cameras, our musical equip, so we have to rebuild” said David Horgan, Media Director at Commonwealth Academy.

They’re doing so with the help of New York Sound and Motion. Edward Brown owns the West Springfield video production company. When heard about the incident, and the school’s plea for help, he felt he had to reach out.  “It’s unfortunate that something like this would happen, especially to kids. To be a part of the TV community here in town, why not open the doors to kids? There is a level of interest, from the little ones right up to the older ones. They really want to be a part of it”.

The kids say that having the opportunity to be in the studio might lead them to a career in front of the camera. For this, Horgan offers his gratitude. “The fact that New York Sound and Motion is letting us come here for free just restores your faith in people who want to help these kids. We’re kind of on a mission here to help these guys, and it’s nice to see someone step up to help these guys”.

Police are still investigating the theft.

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