Minnie Cannon Elementary Hosts Virtual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – The Lake County Bloom
At a time when everything was uncertain, a group of students at Minnie Cannon Elementary School managed to maintain a little normalcy. In January 2020, Sharon Huggins, a fifth grade teacher and Teacher of the Year Minnie Cannon 2019-2020, decided she wanted to start a book club to share her love of reading with some of her students. She chose the Hitcher Galaxy Guide, even though it was above the grade level, because it “reached her sense of humor, her love of science, and her silly nature.”
She approached some of her students who she thought might be interested. She suggested that they read a number of pages earlier and then come to her room with their lunch on Fridays ready to discuss what they had read. Jose Martinez, when asked how he felt when asked to participate, said he thought of it before agreeing. He was not sure he wanted to spend his lunch in class. Jimmy Reynolds recounted how it worked when he came to him and told him he had a great idea and then, in the typical fashion of the book, changed gears and said, “Please tell me I just got my thumb stuck and here I am.” “Then the other members of the book club laughed. It’s a reference from the book and this group doesn’t need to laugh much.
The two boys asked if Ren Ueno could attend. Ueno said he was surprised, but “just went with the flow.” When Valery Roldan found out about the book club, she asked if she could join as well. As soon as the group started reading the book, however, he said he believed the story was about a man whose house was destroyed and found the story “boring until it became interesting.” “Once they reached space, it became interesting.” Reynolds said he did not have many jokes, but when he read about a fair freak in space trying to go to Magrathea he thought, “This is nice!”
Some days Huggins read them and often had to explain the humor to the group. For her enjoyment they understood it and enjoyed it even better. As soon as they finished reading the book, they did not want to end things and decided to watch the movie. Then they watched the BBC TV series which led them to compare and contrast the two. They also had fun answering questions about trivia and various other book related activities. and, during the course, they had some wonderful discussions.
When the school closed due to COVID, the group posted their meetings on the Internet on Sundays. Says Huggins, “Some days we only met for social reasons, but it was okay because we were locked up and no order was required. But, next time I would say we need to do some work. “What started out as a lunch club book turned into a way of maintaining social relationships. Eventually, they developed a radio and accidentally found the movie script online. They borrowed from the dialogue, deleted scenes and then started looking for music and sound. effects to complete the presentation.
Both Huggins and Reynolds record on their computers to make sure there is always a backup. Reynolds was filmed as a director and volunteered as an editor. He also starred, and land, Arthur Dent. Ueno plays Prefect Ford, an experienced galaxy hiker. They are the only two who play only one character. The other members of the book club are talented in many roles. Roldan plays the Narrator, Eddie the Computer and the Petunias. Martinez shouts at Zaphod, the galactic president of the galaxy, and his rival Arthur, Prosser, and Frankie Mouse. As soon as the meetings became virtual, Martinez’s younger brother Jonathan started going out to the same room as Martinez. He volunteered to read parts of Benjy Mouse and the Online Reporter.
Huggins took on the role of Guide. the door; Marvin a, depressive robot. Gels? a Vogan; and Vogan Captain, lover and creator of bad poetry. When it came time to complete the rest of the cast, several teachers and administrators from the area were invited as guest actors and at least one of them hopes to participate in the project. Aram Osterlye, principal of Cobb Elementary School, heard about the radio show from his colleagues and “did not want to get all the glory.” He was very excited to be invited by Mrs Huggins. His only regret is that he wished he had a bigger role. Lisa Guerrero, a 3rd grade teacher at Minnie Cannon, said she always loved reading to her children and using voices, so she had no reservations about participating. However, the same is not true of her husband, Airic, director of Middletown High School. He was hesitant at first because “he’s not good at this kind of thing.” He stopped looking at the script until the same day he had to record and thought, “Two sentences? I can do it!”
Finally, principals from Cobb, Coyote Valley, Minnie Cannon, secondary and high schools, the district principal, the area business executive, second- to sixth-grade teachers from Minnie Cannon, and two parents persuaded to participate.
Ueno said it was exciting during COVID when “visitors started coming in from work at their own time to record”. During a meeting, after Niki Sabatier, the High School principal, completed the recording of her participation, the children took the opportunity to ask her what they could expect next year when they move on to 7th grade. The group had fun with all the guests. They even made the promise from Mr. Lee, the director of Cobb Elementary, to return to their next project.
My husband and I also had hostels. And, some of the funniest moments I’ve watched come from the embarrassment and nice teasing caused by playing Trillian, my love interest in my son Arthur Dent. The introductory notes of the 1980s Careless Whispers song, which is the sound effect that appears when Arthur describes Trillian’s encounter for the first time, diminish the band each time it is played. I must also say that it was really great to see the team interact and support each other.
Huggins, who is also President of the Middletown Teachers Association, has managed to balance all the tasks that come with the many hats he wears, and the new and ever-changing demands of teachers right now, while also upgrading club members books in a very difficult period.
“I saw not only their enthusiasm, but also their personal growth during this year. It was wonderful. The whole duration of the experience was based on joy. It was a positive experience with a very long term, real enthusiasm for a hobby or interest, and true companionship. This may sound normal or petty, but I think it’s really great. I think it is even more remarkable in the COVID era. So much joy in our little Book Club. “
And speaking of personal development, I discovered last month that all four original members are on Principal’s list, which means that Martinez, Reynolds, Roldan and Ueno each have an average score of 4.0 . I do not think it is a coincidence.
Recently, Huggins was talking in the 5th grade about the Book Club. Several students asked if they could participate, including Esteban Muniz. What set Muniz apart was that he asked her many times over the next FOUR weeks. His persistence was rewarded and a few weeks ago he became the youngest member of the club. While the other members of the book club have moved on to sixth grade and are no longer officially in its class, they are already looking forward to their next project as a group, Sour Ones !, based on the TV show, The Hot Ones.
On Sunday, the group completed the recording of the song from the movie, So Long And Thanks For All The Fish. They, like many adult performers, had to figure out how to record a group song and deal with the Zoom lag. In the end, it was decided that each listener would listen to the music with headphones and record each voice separately. Reynolds will then edit the voices to make it sound like they were all singing together.
Currently, the team is focusing on editing and recording some of the dialogue. They plan to post their production on YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Watch this column for viewing details.