It was an election year: the perfect opportunity for demonstrating the value of the vote, the mechanics of media and propaganda, and the responsibility of the Fourth Estate. A routine, short-term, volunteer commitment at a local public middle school became a 9-month engagement, creating and implementing curriculum for a 7th grade Journalism class. The success of the project resulted in a regular digital design class which met 4 days a week for the next two years, co-sponsored by the Stonestown YMCA, as part of their after-school program. Students received instruction in design and video production, practical advice on responsible use of social media, and invitations to screen their completed works in district festivals. Word got around and a similar class was set up for K-5 kids which ran for a few years through the non-profit organization which supported a local elementary school. Future screenwriters, designers, cinematographers, directors, animators, actors, and social pundits participated in collaborative projects and also worked independently, learning how to take an idea and transform it into a coherent finished piece. Not sure who learned more or had more fun, myself or the students. Probably about even.