Troy, AUM donate to Booker T. Washington students

AUM opens up campus for BTW students
Along with cameras, Troy also donated other key items (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Along with cameras, Troy also donated other key items (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Tonya Terry spoke to students about the meaning of the donations (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Tonya Terry spoke to students about the meaning of the donations (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public School officials made a call for donations to help the students of Booker T. Washington and two local universities have answered that call.

On Tuesday, Troy University donated items to help the students who lost crucial supplies during the fire at BTW and Auburn Montgomery, or AUM, lent its support to students.

In total, Troy donated five cameras and other equipment to BTW's broadcast media students. The students, according to school officials, previously only had three cameras available for use.

"We were absolutely heartbroken when we watched the fire at Booker T. Washington" Donna Schubert the Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication said. "We knew these great students weren't going to have the equipment they would need to become great journalists and so we knew it was time for us to do something,"

AUM says it's been partners with BTW for more than 20 years and when it heard about the fire, AUM Chancellor Carl Stockton says the Warhawk faculty reached out to see what it could do.

Stockton said a number of student-exclusive facilities on AUM's campus have been opened up for BTW students to use.  That way, a performing arts school like BTW won't miss a beat.

AUM says it's opening up its library, theater, TV studio and a number of other facilities so those students can have everything they need to continue learning.

"It really reinforces all of our education, all of our educators around, whether it's college, high school, or elementary school that we come together because we are here for the children and for the children to get a quality education," Stockton said.

BTW's Principal Dr. Quesha Starks says along with the Troy-donated equipment, the school will also be partnering with the Troy University.

"This is the beautiful part of this," Starks said. "We're getting equipment, we're also getting the opportunity to collaborate with Troy and our broadcast media students have had the opportunity to participate in J-Day and they're going courtesy of Troy this year, without charge,"

WSFA 12 News' own Tonya Terry, a graduate and alum of Troy University, helped connect the university's donations to BTW. She was present when the donations were given and gave encouragements to the students to use the equipment wisely and continue their journalistic growth.

Officials from BTW and AUM are still working out how to transport students to and from AUM but Stockton says the university will do its part to provide parking and security for those students.

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