Just east of Ellensburg, WA, you’ll find the town of Kittitas-- a quaint town plucked out of the past. Its small-town vibe is seen in its collection of small businesses, including Bailey's Bibliomania bookstore, a single-story library, and an all-in-one general store. Kittitas is a comforting, time-locked town of family-focused attitudes and summer afternoons. Kittitas is the kind of small town you see in movies: kids running to the store after school to buy candy and soda before baseball practice at the local ball field.
With every memorable childhood comes the foundation it was built upon. Kittitas hosts its own school district, which includes the new Little Coyotes Preschool that helps teach and prepare its students for the rest of their education. This winter, the Little Coyotes will get to experience lights, cameras, and, of course, action!
Central Communication Agency is working to produce a documentary-style film all about the Little Coyotes Preschool. The film will capture the activities of the kids and the teaching techniques of Melissa Caveness, her para-educators, and the two Central Washington University education students that assist in the classroom.
Unlike some programs, Little Coyotes engages its students through primarily play-based learning in small and large group settings. The children experience individual hands-on projects that specialize their time in the classroom. The film will tell the story of Caveness’ classroom and amplify the voice of the Little Coyotes to increase local recognition and awareness.
But why is this important? The current outreach for Little Coyotes is limited to word of mouth and a subsection of the school district's website. With several elementary schools and preschool programs in the Ellensburg area, Little Coyotes seeks to set itself apart, and increase its enrollment through a modern and engaging curriculum. Its learning techniques and practices keep the programming moving forward within a town that slumbers in a gentle stasis. With a promotional documentary to support Little Coyotes, we hope to see it benefit the entire community and beyond.
Written by Zane Perry