Southern Columbia Area recently joined the WeatherBug Schools Network thanks to the efforts of the staff and parents of G.C. Hartman Elementary School, and a generous donation arranged by members of the WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Team.
 
G.C. Hartman Principal John Fetterman, his staff, and members of HART, discussed the possibility of installing a WeatherBug Tracking Station at the school as a means to enhance math, science, geography, and technology education for students.  The state-of-the-art weather monitoring system integrates real-time weather data and live camera feeds allowing students to track weather while they watch its effects. The group contacted WBRE/WYOU for more information as the television station is a broadcast partner of the WeatherBug program.  Unfortunately, the cost of the tracking station and enrollment in the program was higher than anticipated, slowing, but not extinguishing, enthusiasm for the project.  
 
Just when hope for the project was dimming, Dawn Miller, Senior Producer of Eyewitness News and Josh Hodell Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist, delivered some much welcomed news to HART parent and project leader, Sherry Humphrey. They informed Mrs. Humphrey of the availability of a High Definition camera and of their interest in donating the camera to the District.  The camera is a key hardware component of the desired WeatherBug tracking system. The generous donation was gladly accepted allowing the cost of the camera to be deducted from the package price of a WeatherBug Tracking system. 
 
The camera was recently installed and the School District’s campus is now among the WeatherBug Skycam sites featured  on WBRE/WYOU newscasts. A link to the live camera feed has been added to the Quick Links section of the website. The District thanks Eyewitness News and HART for their efforts in bringing this project closer to fruition!
 

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