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Education Notebook: St. Mary students premiere movies at Shoebox Film Festival

Larry WoodMay 28, 2019

Second graders in Kerry DalSanto’s class at St. Mary Help of Christians School displayed their “reel” talents recently during the 22nd annual Shoebox Film Festival.

The students premiered their films at a special after-school matinee for parents and friends.

To create their films, the students wrote and illustrated a story they created using their imaginations. Then, they taped the pages together end-to-end and attached them to two tubes and inserted them into two holes cut in the ends of a shoebox.

The creative process takes about eight weeks.

“They come up with a list of possible stories, characters and problems,” DalSanto said. “Then, they develop a draft, edit and revise it, and then publish on sheets of paper that are wound around the tubes. They’re just thrilled with their results and can’t believe that they did it.”

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