C‑SPAN bus to visit Ashtabula today

The political cable network C-SPAN will bring its interactive bus to Braden Middle School today as part of its educational tour.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – Partnering with Spectrum, C-SPAN’s award-winning bus will visit Ashtabula on Tuesday to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials about issues important to them in the 2020 presidential election. 

The 12:30 p.m. stop at Braden Middle School by the state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized mobile classroom and production studio is part of a seven-week Battleground States Tour of 10 states, including states that will play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election. The bus will be parked at 3436 Edgewood Drive, near the basketball court. 

“Buckeye Local Schools is extremely fortunate to be selected as a site for the C-SPAN bus to share this awesome experience with our students, staff and community,” said Patrick Colucci, superintendent of Buckeye Local Schools. “This is a wonderful educational opportunity for the Buckeye Family in regard to the campaign process, not to mention the possibility of our students taking advantage to participate in the scholarship program. We look forward to this monumental visit.”

Ashtabula County Commissioner J.P. Ducro IV said it’s always great when the national media takes an interest in things that are important to Ashtabula County residents.

“This is especially true from the perspective of our youth — our future leaders,” he said. “It is important to merge that with the wisdom of those who have had experience out in the real world.”

Bus visitors will be invited to share their thoughts on issues they want presidential candidates to address during the campaign as part of the “Voices from the Road” project.

Through interactive kiosks and demonstrations aboard the bus, visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s in-depth coverage of the American political process, campaign 2020 programming and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org. The website includes an extensive video library containing over 252,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes.

Ashtabula City Council President John Roskovics said he often watches C-Span.

“It’s so important to expose and teach young people about our political processes,” he said. “C-Span is a chance to see government at work without any bias or interpretations.”

Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski agreed.

“It’s a great opportunity for local students to see all the work that goes into delivering the news on the local, state and national level,” he said.

During the tour, students and educators are learning about C-SPAN’s national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize money annually, the competition challenges students to produce a 5- to 6-minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance. This year’s theme, “What’s Your Vision in 2020?” asks students to explore the issue they most want presidential candidates to address during.

Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere said this is an opportunity for the students in Ashtabula County to see how political events in Washington D.C. are covered as they happen and not just reported on after the fact.

“Spectrum is excited to bring the interactive C-SPAN Bus to Ohio and continue our long-standing partnership with C-SPAN,” said Adam Falk, spokesman on state government affairs for Charter Communications. “We are proud to serve Cleveland and Ashtabula by providing residents and local leaders the C-SPAN Networks and to share their robust educational and political resources with the community.”

The tour began Sept. 4 in Iowa, where the first caucuses in the nation are held. From there, the bus traveled to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and now Ohio. The next stops are Pennsylvania and New York. The tour ends Oct. 18 in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary election in the country.

During C-SPAN’s visit to Cleveland on Monday, Seth Richardson of Cleveland.com was interviewed during C-SPAN’s signature call-in program, “Washington Journal.” He discussed Ohio’s role as a battleground state in the upcoming election.

“These states will be among the key battlegrounds in the 2020 presidential race,” said Steve Scully, political editor for C-SPAN. “By visiting these communities, C-SPAN will provide another component to our extensive Campaign 2020 coverage and give our viewers an in-depth, unfiltered look at politics, from the early days on the campaign trail right up to Inauguration Day.”

In Cleveland and Ashtabula, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 359; C-SPAN2 on channel 360; and C-SPAN3 on channel 361 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. Funding for C-SPAN operations, including bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite TV providers. 

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