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C-SPAN Bus to make stop at Sheyenne High School

Sheyenne High School students and teachers will get an opportunity to tour the C-SPAN Bus Thursday, May 17. Special to The Forum

WEST FARGO—The C-SPAN bus will be making a stop at Sheyenne High School here on Thursday, May 17.

The C-SPAN Bus is a 45-foot customized bus that has high-tech interactive C-SPAN resources such as 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and political and educational resources; a smart TV and classroom area; a high-definition TV production studio; a 360-degree video station; and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience on social media.

Students and teachers at Sheyenne are invited on the bus from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

According to a statement from C-SPAN, Sheyenne High School was chosen because of Brett Mayer Schmit, who teaches AP U.S. history and government at Sheyenne. She was awarded a spot at C-SPAN's annual Educators Conference held in Washington D.C. this summer. The conference provides teachers with the opportunity to explore C-SPAN's programs and primary source materials so that they can incorporate the resources into their curriculums during the school year.

The bus is currently on a "50 Capitals Tour" that began in September 2017 and is heading to every U.S. state capital before November 2018 when C-Span will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the bus program. It stopped in Bismarck earlier this week.

"We're aiming to expand awareness among North Dakotan teachers and students of the wide variety of free educational tools and resources that are available to them online through C-SPAN's platforms," said, Craig McAndrew, education manager for C-SPAN in a statement.

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN's cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events.

C-Span is partnering with Midco for the bus stop. The cable provider provides the station as a commercial-free public service. All funding for C-SPAN operations is provided by cable and satellite providers.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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