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Tomato, the narrator of "Dog Drool". "Green Screen Adventures" uses everyday objects and even food as puppets to help make the stories come alive.

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Cast member, Jessica Carleton, in the role of "dog" in "Dog Drool".

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Robert Moore IV, East Hill Elementary first grade student and author of "Dog Drool", which will air on "Green Screen Adventures" on April 20.

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Canajoharie student's story to be featured on "Green Screen Adventures" April 20

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Updated: 8:50 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Saturday, April 20, a story written by East Hill Elementary Student Robert Moore IV, titled "Dog Drool" will air on the WNYT-TV program "Green Screen Adventures".

The program will air at 8 a.m., on Me-TV, which can be viewed on WNYT, channel 13.2.

The show featuring Moore's story originally aired in 2012, and Saturday's showing is an encore presentation. Moore, currently a first grader at East Hill Elementary School, wrote "Dog Drool" when he was in Kindergarten.

Robert's mother, Diane, said that she came into the living room of her home one day last year to find Robert on the floor with a pencil and a spiral notebook writing a story. When she inquired what he was doing, Robert said he was "writing a story about a dog -- he's drooling everywhere."

When Diane asked why, Robert told her about Green Screen Adventures' call for story submissions. 

Having trouble with the end of the story, Diane assisted Robert in writing it, and as soon as the story was finished, she went to the show's website to find out how to enter submissions. Upon reading the site's rules, she found that kindergarten students weren't eligible for submission, as the site only accepts the work of students in an older age bracket.

When Diane explained this to Robert, he wasn't even temporarily dismayed, telling her simply, "mommy -- never give up." Diane sent the story despite the age regulations, and was excited to be informed that Robert's story had been selected for the program.

Diane said that her response to Robert's success was understandably "very proud." 

When Robert, who noted that his story took "a couple days" to write, found out "Dog Drool" would be filmed,  he said, "I was surprised. I wasn't expecting it to be on TV." "Green Screen Adventures" sent Robert a CD with the episode on it, which he brought to school and shared with his peers. Diane said she hoped that Robert sharing his story with fellow students would "stimulate creativity."

"I think they felt surprised that I wrote a story," Robert said of his peers' response, noting that his fellow students were very happy for him. 

On Tuesday, Robert said that his creative muse had returned in the form of another story for "Green Screen Adventures". "I thought of a story a few minutes ago," he explained on Tuesday evening, noting that although it's in his head, he "hasn't written it down yet."

"Green Screen Adventures" has, since its March 2007 premier, aimed to promote literacy, utilizing writing and illustrations by students and bringing them to life. Since the program began, it has featured the writing of over 2,000 students across its 350 episodes.

Gail Sikevitz, director of educational programs for Weigel Broadcasting, stated, "I created Green Screen Adventures six years ago to feature student work in order to encourage writing, and to help build self-esteem. We explore themes children address -- their characters and plots are the center of our virtual green screen world. And whether the actors are kids, puppets, or animals they are careful to role model kindness and respect for others in all of the work."

Find out more about the show at www.greenscreenadventures.tv, including information about how to submit work. The site also provides creative, interactive tools for children to write stories and draw pictures on the site for submission. The website also provides teacher resources and writing prompts.

"Green Screen Adventures" is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenscreenadventures.

     

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